by rysenior on February 11, 2016 - 10:02am
I think Black lives still face racism today. Anywhere in America, officers will be more prone to frisk and or arrest black citizens over whites. Black will be convicted more often than whites. And blacks have more of a chance of being racially profiled in work, or just walking on the street. Not a whole lot has changed since slavery, but there have been some major leaps. Civil rights was an enormous jump towards equality. Racism began to go under the radar, and Black people began to feel more equal to a white person. Black lives matter because to often black people are kept out of the news, and blacks are racially profiled when applying for jobs. Two people can apply for the same job with the same credentials, and the only difference is their skin color, and the white person has a significant chance of getting the job over the black person. As a white person I believe it will take more than just my voice to make equality as important as it should be. Once all races and people stand together, will racism end, and equality spread.
What stays the same and hasn’t changed for decades, is the prejudice that many white people get over blacks. Many times white people, even blacks, will find a black man in a dark hoodie much more frightening over a white person with a dark hoodie. Cops feel the same way many times, and this can make them much more prone to use deadly force when a black person either becomes violent or does something unordinary. This prejudice carries into attraction, and through media, whites are always portrayed as attractive. Giving a black and white doll to girls of almost any race, they almost always pick the white doll because it’s the “prettiest” as long as media portrays whites as their models, will people continue to view other races as less attractive.