Relationship Between African American Police And The Black Community

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Police and the Black Community

Currently, the actual relationship between the African American community and the United States police is going through a bad time. The reasons for that recent civil disorders in the United States are police brutality and the discrimination acts against black people. While the election of Barack Obama as president had seemed to be a new era in American race relations; the killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, made clear that nothing had changed. Many African American communities allege that the police routinely use excessive force against members of minority populations (Wintersmith, 1974). During the last years, the grotesque and routine police
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However, to understand the cause of this racial profiling, we have to go back to the years 1645-1864 when African people were slaves, and, therefore, they were treated as a minority class by white people who showed supremacy, exploiting, mistreating, and whipping blacks because they said that black people were not humans. This outlook of a minority class was created in those years, and still exists in the United States. After all of the hardships that African Americans have endured during slavery, one would think that America has learned from its past mistakes. Yet, there are the ones who believe that not only they represent the law, but that they are above the law. We call them the police and the judicial system, the ones that in many cases use prejudice, and discrimination to arrest and convict African Americans not because of their wrong actions, but because of the color of their skin. The way they treat African Americans is not the same as white people; according to the news, police shoot and kill blacks almost twice as frequently as other racial groups. This is something that has created tension and indignation on black people, who are protesting against …show more content…
Over the years, this country has witnessed many cases of police brutality; but, this cause is also related to the past (enslavement period), when white people mistreated and black people in the plantations. The treatment of slaves in the United States varied by time and place, but was generally brutal and degrading. Slaves were punished by whipping, shackling, beating, mutilation, branding and/or imprisonment. Punishment was most often meted out in response to disobedience or perceived infractions, but masters or overseers sometimes abused slaves to show dominance. Slave masters even beat pregnant women, devising ways to do it without harming the baby. All of this background has contributed to the current tension between the United States police and the black community. Some examples of this police brutality are the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, and Freddie Gray in Baltimore; both cases have created a sense of displeasure on black community in the United

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