Police Brutality Silences

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Introduction Silences can be deadly, and those souls carry a burden that continues forever. This burden can be stopped for future souls or people that have been wrongly accused or killed. These types of silences used in newspaper articles is described by Thomas Huckins, a discourse analyst, that examines what is not said or written in the text, as well as the importances of the missing information. There are five forms of textual silences stated by Huckins: act, presuppositional, discreet, genre-based, and manipulative silences, which will be identified and explained in this essay on the topic of police brutality. Police brutality has been seen throughout history and still remains a major social issue, specifically in America, where people …show more content…
The victim was usually stopped based on their race, which indicates that racism is instituted and a major factor when police are doing their job. This correlates to the topic of race, when African American/black was mentioned a lot more than white or even minorities/people of color was stated more often than white. The police portrayal of how their unjust actions were dealt with usually resulted in an easy sentence (e.g. revoking their position) or no discipline at all, which was different from the victim —resulting in their discipline (e.g. death with no justice or no judicial action whatsoever) compared to no discipline because the police brutality was enough. This does not agree with the next silence, but emphasizes the significance of the silence. The public view of the police resulted in people believing that they were guilty, but more agreed to they were doing what they thought was right. Comparing that to the public view of the victim which was most people believing that they are innocent, and did not deserve what the police …show more content…
The manipulation of the newspapers is intentional to direct the readers to racism and divert them from the real issues. Racism is proven to be institutionalized in the policing systems, and this is why the brutality is so severe to African Americans and minorities. This angers the readers into believing that is the only issue at hand, but in fact it is that there is no justice for those actions due to the racism. The policemen are usually undisciplined, while the victim is either dead or receives no help or justice. The newspapers shy away from this reality, but try to implement that the victim is innocent with strong ties of emotion. This is still overpowered by the police, although people believe the police is guilty they believe they were just doing their job. The relevance of this is to show and emphasis that the racism is only a part of the whole picture, and the fact that justice is still needed for those silent

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