White supremacy is not just the thing of the past. It still exists in the United States of America.
The profound racial and ethnic biases that still exist today are a direct result of structural racism: the rigid policies, regulations, and norms that led to the unfair treatment of African-Americans.
The black community has suffered tremendously due to racism. They have been deprived of their rights as US citizens, given fewer job and growth opportunities than whites, bullied, harassed, and hunted like animals in corporate sectors, educational institutes, and medical facilities.
The cries of the black community were always met with repugnant indifference.
In this blog, we will walk you through the heart-wrenching stories that depict the tyranny and oppression faced by the poor black community.
Trayvon Martin, born and raised in Florida, was an innocent 17-year-old teenager brutally shot by George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old Hispanic American. Zimmerman was the supervisor of his gated community, where Martin came to visit his relatives. Zimmerman got into a nasty altercation with Martin and shot him. The poor boy died on the spot. Zimmerman justified the killing by calling it ‘self-defense.’
Trayvon’s murder video sparked nationwide outrage. The newspapers, television, and other media outlets further ignited the issue for weeks. For several weeks, the newspaper was flooded with reports of protestors hitting the streets of America and demanding justice for Trayvon. Forty-five days after the demise of Martin, Zimmerman was arrested and convicted by the US police.
On July 13, 2013, Zimmerman was found not guilty. Profound fear and grief ensued. Myriads of individuals felt the pain of injustice at the acquittal of George Zimmerman.
George Perry Floyd Jr. was an African American man who was violently murdered by Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, during an investigation.
On May 25th, 2020, the grocery store employee accused Floyd of using a counterfeit $20 bill and called the police. Chauvin reached the scene along with three other police officers, handcuffed Floyd in the middle of the street, and pressed Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds until he lost his pulse.
Several members from the black community hit the streets and protested against the use of unfair usage of authority by police officers against black suspects and the absence of police accountability. As a result, all four officers responsible for the death of Floyd were dismissed and, on May 29, Chauvin was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges. Minneapolis city council also compensated Floyd’s unfair death by offering a settlement of $27 million to Floyd’s family.
Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old African-American, was pursued and fatally shot by three white American supremacists. According to the video that went viral, Arbery was jogging in his neighborhood when he got stopped by a pickup truck that had three people inside it, Gregory Mc Michael, his son Travis Mc Michael and his neighbor William Roddie Bryan. After some grappling, three gunshots were heard with a few minutes gap, and Arbery died on the spot.
Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old African-American woman, was brutally shot by white police officers Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankinson, and Myles Cosgrove of the Louisville Metro Police Department.
The policemen barged into Taylor’s home as part of an inquiry regarding drug dealing operations. Taylor and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, were present at the scene. Walker thought the policemen were intruders as they weren’t wearing their uniforms and fired a warning shot to scare them away. According to the statement by the policemen, the gunshot hit Mattingly’s leg, and officers fired 32 shots in return. Walker got wounded, but Taylor got six bullets in her chest and died on the spot.
These are just a few tragic stories of the black communities. There are several other catastrophic incidents that go unheard. It’s high time we, as a united nation, stand up for the rights of our fellow black brothers and sisters.
Our immense support for campaigns such as ‘Black lives Matter’ will dismantle white supremacy, eradicate racism and bring a huge positive difference for the black community longing for impartiality and equality in the United States.
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8 in 10 Black men with at least some college experience reported facing racial discrimination.
1 in 3 Black children live below the poverty line.
Are paid less than white men and 21% less than white women.
Are more likely to be killed by the police than white people.
From 2013-2020, 98.3% of police killings of Blacks have not resulted in officers being convicted.