Essay on Police Brutality And Racial Violence

856 Words Oct 15th, 2016 4 Pages
Police brutality and racial violence have been categorized as sensitive topics in America today due to recent events that have occurred. As of 2016, almost 200 African-Americans have been killed by police officers. Movements such as Black Lives Matter (BLM) have been established because of these tragedies and have also gained thousands of supporters across the country because of these tragic events.

The author’s background shows extensive credibility. Cornel West is a critically acclaimed author and critic for The Guardian, an online publication website; he is a civil rights activist, active member of the Democratic Socialists of America, class of 1943 graduate, and professor at Princeton University. West graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University and received his Masters of Arts and Ph. D in Philosophy at Princeton University. Among his twenty novels, West is best known for Race Matters, Democracy Matters, and Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud. Along with his books, West has also participated in several documentaries, and spoken word albums, and appeared on talk shows. West has made it his mission to keep Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy alive by professing justice out to the rest of the world.

I read Cornel West’s piece discussing President Obama’s response towards recent events in America. According to West, President Obama has had a non-existent response to some of the top issues African-American citizens are facing today: police brutality and racial…

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