HE WAS STILL JUST A BLACK MAN

by alexj on September 29, 2014 - 10:30pm

 
In my opinion, people today should not classify power and hierarchy based on one’s skin color. Every city should treat everyone equally. Martise Scott disserved his position as a police investigator.  He worked hard for it. Knowing that people in 2014 cannot acknowledge that people with different traits have just as much competences as ‘’whites’’ is dramatic. I believe that what happened to Scott is not equally fair and the complaint that he did should have been recognized as something extremely important. He faced violence, which no one deserves if they are innocent in the first place. I do not agree with the fact that the police officers did not give him a chance to prove to them that he had his badge. It is not because someone’s skin or traits are different that his or her words do not matter. Even though Scott should have respect he was not given any. To add, I find it interesting that the author of this news added personal quotes that Martise Scott said. You can really feel his emotional pain from being seen as different when he is just like the others. Another point that I would like to add is that out of 700 hundred police officers there are only 50 that are ‘’black.’’ This does not make sense there is certainly racism involved in this. I might agree on the fact that there are more ‘’white’’ people in that city but that does not allow employing less ‘’black’’ or any other colored person. Personally I think that people hire more ‘’white’’ people because they assume that they have more power and competence. This article had many details that demonstrated how much Scott was discriminated against and I think that the public can maybe somehow learn from this. What I think that should have been added to this article are the names of the other two police officers, because they are clearly the ones who did the act of racism.
Fernández Campbell, AFC.(2014). what it`s Like to Be a Black Cop In St, Louis County. National Journal, retrieved from:
http://www.nationaljournal.com/next-america/population-2043/i-was-still-just-a-black-man-20140905

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I found your post quite interesting because racism is truly an issue that we see around the world. It is hard to believe that even after years of hard work as a police investigator, Scott is still seen as a simple and stereotyped black man. While reading your post, I realized that I could completely relate this to what I learned in my class on racial minorities. Although we talk more about the intersectionality between women and their race, I believe that men are still possible to struggle between these systems. Indeed, men are generally supposed to be seen as dominant figures and should have fewer difficulties to fit into the society but like Scott mentioned in the article, black men are less racially privileged than white men. They are stereotyped as violent, uncontrollable, and also as underrated workers. Therefore, our social construct of men does not always apply in every situation. Social construct makes judgmental categories and thus, it brings out a lot of oppression such as racism. There is so much injustice and inequalities in today's society and like you said, we ought to do something about it. To finalize my comment, here is a link that provides more in-depth information about racism and social minorities around the world, and how people actually deal with it:

http://www.globalissues.org/article/165/racism

Check it out if you want!

Thank you for commenting on my post. The link that you put on my post was in fact interesting ! Your opinions were also very appreciated.
Thank you again :)

I truly agree with you. It is not fair that someone as dedicated as Martise Scott could be so discriminated against at the place he has been working at for 15 years. It is one thing to stereotype and attack a man and pay no attention to his police badge because of his race, and it is another to do absolutely nothing about this discrimination. I do disagree with your point about hiring white people because they are seen as to have more power, but because they stereotype "blacks". Instead of seeing "whites' as more powerful, they see "blacks" as inferior and would just bring problems to the place of work. In this case, Scott filing a report would be a problem that could have been avoided by hiring a white person over him. Racism in the workplace can be a very interesting subject, a somewhat similar case is this article.
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/metro-transit-employee-alleges-
racism-in-the-workplace-1.2448727
This is a clear case of intersectionality, if a women had been attacked for being suuspicious it could have had the same result.

I agree with everything you're saying. Until today racism still exist with few consequences and a lot of comprehension. As time passed you would've think that racism barely exist yet I feel it's almost as if we went back in time. Many black people get distinguish for being a different color as white. People judge you and don't give you the amount of respect you deserve for the way you're born. Everyone should know by now that you can't change where you come from or your skin color so why do people keep talking and acting in a certain way as if it will change anything. It is something not liking someone for where they come from and it's another to completely disrespect them. People has to understand that there's not only white people and white people aren't higher than black people. Since when can we build a solid argument by only judging a color? People should seriously start to accept and respect the fact that there is black people and always will be.

http://www.presstv.com/usdetail/165091.html

I completely agree with you my friend. No African American around the world can escape the scrutinising eyes of the white man. Our degradation forced upon us like cattle to the slaughterhouse raised to be nothing more then dirt has gone on for far to long slavery of the body may have abolish but our minds are still trapped. this feeling of “it’s a new age” is but a false pretence to that fact that it is not ask yourself if peaceful protest at Furgeson can be meet with pepper spray rubber bullets and gas canisters why aren’t “KKK” protest meet with pitched forks and fire . As stated here by The Huffington Post | By Paige Lavender Posted: 10/07/2013 4:27 pm ED : Gettysburg National Military Park had granted a special-use permit for a rally to a Maryland-based KKK group in September.
Nonetheless its not and it continues to dwell on us, if you think that women earning 77cents to every male dollar is bad, may I remind you that is among “white” think about a BLACK man how much he may earn not to mention a BLACK female. So on top of race we have a gender issue as well.

see article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/07/kkk-rally-government-shutdown_n...

I completely agree with you 100% that he was discriminated against. Like Kirameshin was saying - (as I am in a gender humanities class) it's really apparent that privilege played a huge part in what happened to Mr. Scott. Racial minorities still suffer when it comes to the work force - as do women of any color, (albeit I imagine white women would do better than a minority, but I digress) as I've learned in my class, women can face a so called 'glass ceiling' when it comes to the work force and climbing up the ladder. I would say Scott faced one too, although I think his was a bit worse. That was blatantly painful racism directed towards him and it's really upsetting that they've lost a good police officer because of it.

Eesh, I just did a Google search to find a nice article on Black men in the police force and literally all the entries are not pretty. However, I think you may find some interest towards the experience of a black female police officer and her experiences against racism AND sexism. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/law-and-order/10939396/Black-fema...

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