The Importance Of Unjust Shootings In America

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The saying that "history repeats itself" is something that reigns true in our society today. We used to live in a society where women were not seen in the likeness of men. Women were unable to vote, reduced to caregivers, and were not compensated to the same standards of men. We used to live in a society in which the LGBT community was frowned upon. They were unable to legally marry and were seen as mentally disabled. We used to live in a society in which races were divided because of the color of their skin. African Americans were lynched, abused, and disregarded. We used to live in a society in which prejudices and racial discrimination enticed hate in the nation and its people. We still live in that society. Although the nation has taken …show more content…
In February of 2012, Trayvon Martin (a seventeen-year-old boy) was fatally shot because of the attire he was wearing. Many argued that if it were a white male, he would not have been shot. Fast forward to the present year, a string of unjust shootings against African Americans have taken place in the hands of those who were supposed to be their protectors. “One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws” (King 3). The string of attacks and unjust behaviors on African American lives called a movement to action known as "Black Lives Matter". This movement is filled with people fighting against the unjust behavior taking place on African Americans. Black Lives Matter has exposed the flaws within our societal system. A nation that is supposed to based on the standards of equality and equity has delineated to standards that reflect selfish and egocentric beliefs. Black Lives Matter has and the recent election Donald Trump have both exposed the hidden racism that is present in our …show more content…
Harris, he calls for the revaluation of the value of black lives. "Though the 1960s movement addressed the civil and political rights that were denied to black people—access and use of public accommodations, the right to vote, and ensuring fair employment and housing opportunities—it did not directly confront the racialized degradation black people endured, and many continue to endure, at the hands of the police". Many argue that African American lives are not held to the same standards as the surrounding people. While people say that this is an issue that has just resurfaced, it is an issue that never died down but was simply hidden. A nation that is supposed embodies the motto "united we stand" has transformed to the motto of "divided I

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