Essay on The Condition Of Black Life

1264 Words Nov 6th, 2015 6 Pages
Society needs to learn the moral boundaries and the respect that should be given to those who have been murdered. Those who are mourning for losing their loved ones through a homicide needs respect also. In doing so, society needs to give privacy to those who have passed and their families. In Rankine’s essay, “The Condition of Black Life Is One of Mourning” addresses the side effects of frequent homicides and how the community is damaged. Sharing the images of homicide victims, black or people of color, demonstrates that their lives are less valuable when their bodies are shown lying on the streets.
When the bodies of black victims are displayed in the media, it is open to criticism. People in society make assumptions of their home lives, which is stereotyping. They assume that all black victims are drug addicts, uneducated and uncivilized. People in the U.S. have been conditioned to think negatively of people of color especially the black community. Society assumes that black victims of homicide were murdered through gang violence rather than police brutality because the homicide victims have been dehumanized with criminal records or assumptions of their home life. Many people in the United States have a superiority complex especially when it comes to determining whether or not the victim deserved to be brutality punished and killed. They are all humans yet they use color as a ranking of importance. This should not be the case since that person they are judging has been…

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