The Violence Of Black People Essay

1253 Words Nov 30th, 2015 null Page
When “Black Lives Matter” is being chanted it is so much more than moment in history, it is a movement. This movement goes beyond the extrajudicial killings of black people by police and vigilantes. It brings attention to the problem of systematic racism within the United States and within the police department. It started off with the shooting of Trayvon Martin but goes into so many other occasions where black lives are being deprived of basic human rights and of their dignity. It has been documented that Non-white Americans make up less than 38% of the United States population, but minorities make up two-thirds of all unarmed people killed by police and it has been shown many times, within the last year even, that a black american is more than twice likely to be shot, imprisoned, pulled over, or wrongfully convicted than a white american. When it is being said that, "Black Lives Matter" it is not saying that all lives do not matter. It is pointing out the fact that all lives are not being systematically targeted because of the color of their skin.
Systemic racism can be defined as “when the way a society is structured systematically ends up giving advantages to some and disadvantages to others.” From Trayvon Martin to Michael Brown to Jamar Clark the occasions might be different where Trayvon was shot by a civilian, Michael Brown and Jamar Clark were shot by police officer 's there is still an underlying problem. Black people are being targeted. Looking into the Black…

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