Another Black Man Life Made Public

by gcurtis_97 on October 3, 2016 - 11:31pm

 

After reading “What We Know About the Details of the Police Shooting in Charlotte” The value of a Black man's life is not seen as valuable as the white man's life. It seems like every time someone read the newspaper, turn on the tv and watch whatever news station, the stories are the same, another black man life now made public. Every time a minority is killed by the police it’s either he had a gun on him or he was a potential threat to society. It is important to read and talk about this article to spread awareness and to make it known to minorities that today in this society they are more of a target than whites. As I was reading this article I thought about the black lives matter movement and how it just shouldn't be a black lives matter movement it should be an “All lives matter movement”. But how can I overlook the black lives matter movement by saying All lives matter ? That would not do justice to the struggle of black lives especially black men in today's society and how the criminal justice system continues to target, isolate and trap black men as felons.

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I would like to begin by stating that I very much so like the subject you chose, the presence of the sad reality of police brutality in today’s society surpassing a humane amount. As we have been covering the idea of race in my “ Myth of Race and Reality of Racism” we have been looking at many different videos and documentaries based on race. Although it has nothing to do with police brutality, I think you would appreciate this Ted Talk by Clint smith called How to raise a black son in America (I will attach the link below if ever your are interested). It supports your thoughts about the idea of minorities today in this society are more of a victim then whites, and how they need to learn to live as a targeted minority by having a man give his childhood experiences in America as a black man. However I didn’t quite understand your remark about your comparison to black lives matter movement, are you for or against having all lives matter? I personally believe that although all lives do matter, this movement was created for blacks and like you stated renaming this movement for all lives would not bring justice to the harm that has been done upon them.

(https://www.ted.com/talks/clint_smith_how_to_raise_a_black_son_in_americ...)

Going through the feed of the blog posts this title was one that really drew me in. I like how you incorporated questions into your post and then answered them afterwards. It allowed me to answer the questions as I was reading to my own beliefs and then compare them with yours. After reading your post i realize that the police homicides are a problem but I wouldn't say that minorities are targeted more than whites. According to daily wire they posted an article that stated that cops killed nearly twice as many whites as they did blacks in 2015. In the news it is more spoken about the minority killings because it goes along with an ongoing issue in society. If you would like to read the article with the statistics please follow the link below:
http://www.dailywire.com/news/7264/5-statistics-you-need-know-about-cops...

The data reporting twice as many whites shot by police compared to blacks is widely raised, but as one commenter below notes this needs to be seen relative to the overall proportion of whites and blacks in society. Since only about 12-13% of US population is black, it means that blacks are much more likely to be shot by the police relative to whites.
"White people make up roughly 62 percent of the U.S. population but only about 49 percent of those who are killed by police officers. African Americans, however, account for 24 percent of those fatally shot and killed by the police despite being just 13 percent of the U.S. population. As The Post noted in a new analysis published last week, that means black Americans are 2.5 times as likely as white Americans to be shot and killed by police officers."

This link has more details:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/07/11/arent-more...

I was automatically drawn to your post because after reading what you had to say I came to the conclusion that I simply couldn't take your side on this issue. I felt the responsibility to inform you why I disagree with your statements. Your point of view is similar to the one presented in my course ''Myth of race and reality of racism''. It is based on the assumption that minorities in North America are victims of institutional racism. I will try to refute your statements with facts, in the hope that maybe I'll be able to change your point of view on the issue. First you started by saying that we see all the time on the medias that a black man was shot by the police, well that is undeniably true. But is it a valid argument to prove that black males are targeted by police? Not for me. First you must consider that medias carefully choose their topics to attract viewers. Most of the time, many important events are forgotten. Take as an example the shooting of Keith Scott, were you aware that the same day of his shooting by the cops, 5 other white males were also killed by police? And yet the media didn't say a word. I think you get my point. When it comes to Keith Scott, he was indeed armed as a gun with his fingerprints was found. Therefore his shooting by a police officer was justified. It is a known fact that more white people are shot by police than black people but is it true that black people are more likely to die at the hand of the police than whites? The answer is yes, but there are some factors that aren't considered. The most important one is the high crime rate in black communities. Despite representing only 13% of the American population, black people still commit more murders than the big majority of whites (more than 60% of population). I think this factor shouldn't be ignored when we talk about police brutality. You also mention Black Lives Matter, stating that the justice system is a threat to black people. Well Curtis, I think it is important to tell you that approximately 93% of black murders are committed by other black people. In that case, maybe BLM should tackle black on black crime instead. It would certainly save more lives. Facts are facts and they seem to go against your point of view.

The subject of your post motivated me to read it. The subject of police brutality is very interesting to me, a lot of brutality is happening in America right now and a lot of these black men didn’t have to die. You do see in the news that these black men lives are made public, examining their personal lives, bringing up if these men were arrested before. I found it very interesting that you mentioned the value of black men; I do agree that black men lives are not seen as valuable as white men. In the news they always say that these black men had guns or were somehow a threat to the officers. I believe these are excuses that police make in order to justify killing these black men. I didn’t quite understand your remark about comparing ‘black lives matters’ to ‘all lives matter’. I’m not sure if you are against ‘black lives matters’ or for it. For me personally I am for ‘black lives matters’ because this movement is not saying that black people are more important than others, it is about how black people are being constantly targeted and discriminated against and their lives are seemingly not as important as white people. I do agree when you said that saying all lives matters would not do justice to the struggle of black lives. In my class Myth of Race and Racism we have been covering the idea of race and racism. In an article we were assigned to read “The History of Race… And Why it Matters” by Audrey Smedley it discussed the history of race and how it benefitted the dominant group. I think your post is connected to the article because it shows the history of race and racism and the profiling of black men date back to colonialism.

At first glance, the title caught my attention because of all the problems we are having in society. Just reading your title, I could immediately tell it was going to be an article about Black lives against the police or in other words superiority against minority. In my anthropology class “The Myth of Race and the Reality of Racism” we have been covering the idea of race and looking at different videos and documentaries based on the idea of race. In my opinion, being a fellow minority of society, I agree with you in stating that black people are minorities in this society and how Caucasian peoples’ get away with more than they actually should. In this case, the police shooting in Charlotte shows how easy it is for a Caucasian person to get away with murder. Everybody’s life is valued by someone and with the police shooting a Black man because “they looked suspicious” just shows how biased the criminal system is. There are many situations where black lives are taken by the police and the police aren’t taken account for their actions. However, I found it very confusing when you brought in the black lives matter movement. Where you suggesting that they change the movement to all lives matter? I personally believe that yes, all lives do matter, although stating this defeats the purpose of trying to bring justice and awareness to the fact that all black lives matter too whether you be male or female.

This article was drawn to me because it makes me very upset. I feel the title of this blog post is a product of the media. My background of 40 years of being a political junkie shaped my reaction to this. The media has an agenda. They media claims to report the news but most of the time they want to make the news.
The media promulgates this race hysteria. Some may say that I am a conspiracy nut but violence sells. The media loves it when there is bodily injury. There is a saying in the media circles hat says; if it bleeds it leads.
When the autopsy report came out of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson MO., the media ignored the fact that Michael Brown was not shot with his hands up.
There were no stories of this miscarriage of the truth.
No, the media saw no value in reporting this and they let it go by.
The Baltimore policemen who were indicted for shooting a man were all acquitted or charges dropped because there wasn’t enough evidence that they officers acted in malfeasance.
You saw this report on page C-7 of The New York Times.

Your main point about how the media chooses what to cover is an important one and there is no doubt that journalists perspectives (political and more) shape stories and even more that editorial orientation of newspapers and tv channels shapes coverage. At the same time, your claim that media did not provide front page coverage to the other side of the story is not accurate:
New York Times Article: Ferguson Report Puts ‘Hands Up’ to Reality Test
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/06/us/in-ferguson-both-sides-see-vindicat...
The acquittal of three officers and the dropping of charges against the rest were extensively covered, in major stories in the New York Times
"Police Officer in Freddie Gray Case Is Acquitted of All Charges"
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/24/us/baltimore-officer-edward-nero-fredd...
"All Charges Dropped Against Baltimore Officers in Freddie Gray Case"
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/28/us/charges-dropped-against-3-remaining...

I really liked your point of view. I get surprised when people says all lives matter because nobody says white lives does not matter. I can't say that black people are more targeted than whites, but from my experience I think that the justice system is messed up, not just cops. I think that people should stand up and fight for that issue. Black people should not be treated the way they get treated by the criminal justice.it is sad and scary to know that you might get shoot or treated bad by someone who supposed to protect you, someone who you suppose to call whenever you need a help so I what you saying is true, black people lives matter.

Being that this is an issue that seems to be happening, basically on a weekly bases in the U.S, i find the topic to be so much of an interest. Yes all life's definitely matter, but you see the black life's matter tries to focus more on trying to protect and acknowledge the life of the African American population or black community that seem to always be targeted by our society in a negative way rather than in a positive way. Being an African Canadian male I find i so hard to talk about this subject on a neutral tone. Words cannot describe how crazy it is that every time someone that is obviously of a minority group find themselves treated inequally by the authorities or high ranks of our society compared to the white community- with No disrespect. When a black man dies, or are killed by the cops it is incredibly how fast the media are to portrait the victim as a evil while trying to defend the aggressor and finding multiple ways to justify his or her actions. Even more I can feel the pain of the family, as I can relate. Many blacks in other words no longer trust our the police force for any protection whatsoever and I completely understand why. I remember in my race and racism class, watching a video where the male of African decent talk about how he saw is childhood limited by his parents just like many other black kids. Not because the parents had no love for them, but rather them loved so much and need that no matter how good of a person they were or our good they were raised, that the only thing that our so called modern society saw was a walking m, breathing target because of our skin tone. I would definitely want to learn more about your subject.

I completely agree with your statement about how minorities are more of a target than whites. This subject intrigues me because the race issue or just racial issues in general are a huge topic here in the united states. I also agree that it should be an all lives matter movement. Nobody should have to lose their life because of their race. This is a major issue in the united states especially with cops and the race issue. The race issue has been a huge issue in the news and in people's lives.

I completely agree with your statement about how minorities are more of a target than whites. This subject intrigues me because the race issue or just racial issues in general are a huge topic here in the united states. I also agree that it should be an all lives matter movement. Nobody should have to lose their life because of their race. This is a major issue in the united states especially with cops and the race issue. The race issue has been a huge issue in the news and in people's lives.

What drew me to your post was your title, another black man life made public. This caught my attention because I have never looked at it that way. I never saw it as we were making a normal, every day persons life public. I agree that we should be saying that "All lives matter." Unfortunately, it is too late for that. It should have always been, "all lives matter," but now because of the publics actions and where we are as a society, we must focus and bring awareness to "black lives matter." Hopefully one day we can say that "all lives matter," and no one will ever have to feel out of place, or different. I have never been racially profiled or judged for being white, however i have always felt very strongly about racism and it absolutely disgusts me.

What drew me to your post was your title, another black man life made public. This caught my attention because I have never looked at it that way. I never saw it as we were making a normal, every day persons life public. I agree that we should be saying that "All lives matter." Unfortunately, it is too late for that. It should have always been, "all lives matter," but now because of the publics actions and where we are as a society, we must focus and bring awareness to "black lives matter." Hopefully one day we can say that "all lives matter," and no one will ever have to feel out of place, or different. I have never been racially profiled or judged for being white, however i have always felt very strongly about racism and it absolutely disgusts me.

What drew me to your post was your title, another black man life made public. This caught my attention because I have never looked at it that way. I never saw it as we were making a normal, every day persons life public. I agree that we should be saying that "All lives matter." Unfortunately, it is too late for that. It should have always been, "all lives matter," but now because of the publics actions and where we are as a society, we must focus and bring awareness to "black lives matter." Hopefully one day we can say that "all lives matter," and no one will ever have to feel out of place, or different. I have never been racially profiled or judged for being white, however i have always felt very strongly about racism and it absolutely disgusts me.

What drew me to your post was your title, another black man life made public. This caught my attention because I have never looked at it that way. I never saw it as we were making a normal, every day persons life public. I agree that we should be saying that "All lives matter." Unfortunately, it is too late for that. It should have always been, "all lives matter," but now because of the publics actions and where we are as a society, we must focus and bring awareness to "black lives matter." Hopefully one day we can say that "all lives matter," and no one will ever have to feel out of place, or different. I have never been racially profiled or judged for being white, however i have always felt very strongly about racism and it absolutely disgusts me.

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