Essay about The Cincinnati Riots of 2001

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Violence in American society from a conflict theory perspective
The Cincinnati Riots
Introduction
Cincinnati riots of 2001 are some of the greatest reflections of racial discriminations resulting from ineffectiveness of security institutions sparking massive losses and stunted development. These riots pointed the great divide that undercut the American society. The case is a strong indication of unresolved personal feelings of superiority of whites over other people of color. This paper explores unresolved conflicts between blacks and whites using the conflict theory, conflicts for resources, ineffectiveness of institutions and how politics influenced the riots. In addition, the paper analyzes how the problem was resolved and the
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Hewitt (2005) noted that while a community might be unable to act because it is lacking power, cumulative anger reaches a point when it disregards the threat that could arise from taking the law into its own hands and comes out fighting. With news of Cincinnati racism taking over all news headlines, the damage had already been done and battle lines were already drawn.
Failure to put racial discrimination and murder to justice While cases of murder are heartbreaking, the notion of the accused being set free without justice to the offender is a recipe for conflicts. Even with clear evidence of police being involved in targeted killings, the state appeared unwilling to follow established law in prosecutions. As a result, the cry of slain blacks was answered by the Cincinnati black community that was awakened to the reality that it was a direct target. Following Roger Owensby’s death from wrong police procedures [asphyxiation by chokehold], involved police officers never faced full charges for murder (Hewitt, 2005). According to Hewitt (2005), the report that blacks were more likely to commit crimes was unfounded and racially motivated. Due to great bias against blacks, most White crimes were treated as minor cases and often never reported. The black community therefore appeared highly rebellious and with strong drive to break the law. Increasing scrutiny of reported cases against blacks in the media created strong polarization against the entire police force in

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