Race Reflection for today
by jakeweissgold on February 3, 2016 - 1:48pm
February 2, 2016
In my opinion, race today is as much of an issue as it was 50 years ago, even though the movement has changed, and the things that black rights activists are fighting for are different, they all boil down to one ideal. That black men and women will no longer be oppressed by biased systems in legal justice, social constructs, and peoples general ideology. Race issues sixty years ago were more along the lines of everyday racism. Example: water fountains in the heat of summer that were not cooled, or separate busses for black and white people, where the black busses were run down. These things made life very hard for black people every day. The institutionalized dumbing of the black citizens kept them poor and unemployed. Today racism and race issues are more centered around social justice, the unfair bias of law enforcement agencies in targeting, frisking, searching, and eventual overall treatment of people of color. Black people today are worried about going out on the street and being treated unfairly due to the color of their skin. People who are now in black lives matter movements are challenging the unfair treatment of black people in courts, like the trials of George Zimmerman in the murder of Trayvon Martin. People defended Zimmerman and denied the fact the this trial's outcome is based purely on race, if it had been a white teenager, Zimmerman would have been sentenced to a life in prison, but instead he walks free. My understanding of this issue has changed quite a bit, In all honesty before this unit i had thought that people of color who were rebelling against a corrupt system that systematically oppresses black people were a bunch of crazy over reacting people to an issue that i had thought had died out years ago, like many other americans. I have learned now that the Black Lives Matter movement stands for something that is not only good, but essential to the continued freedom of the american people. People think that America is the greatest nation in the world, but how can they be so blind to the injustice it commits to 1 in 8 of its people, even more if you count any other race other than white. Infact if you look at the census data from 2010, you will find that 1 in every two people are not white, and therefore they are discriminated against by arian centric society.