Final Blog Post

Overall Blog Summary:

black-history-colored-water-26761-700It’s a very common instance for Americans to state that racism is not prevalent, or a modern issue needed to be discussed. Many Americans are aware of the perpetual injustices against African Americans but are not adamant on the idea of participating in social change. Others are surrounded by cultural ignorance within a white supremacist landscape, choosing to believe that racism is something of the past. There’s no debate that our country was founded on racist principles and chattel slavery. The existence of social and institutional racism has continued throughout the Old Jim Crow century that followed emancipation. Many organizations throughout the United States are still aggressively discriminating against African Americans. Modern racism has become more subtle but continues to jeopardize black lives throughout America.



Kali’s final thoughts:

My favorite section we did on this blog was about riots. The timing was ironic because Week 3 was the week following the presidential election, and due to the shocking results of the election  riots were occurring all throughout the country. This was also an interesting category for me because riots are something that is not new to me; when Donald Trump came to visit my hometown, riots ensued. I saw how it actually looked in real life rather than just on a news channel, so this was definitely a topic that affected me. The most interesting part about the concept of riots to me is that they typically stem from a group of people wanting to make a statement, usually peacefully, but they end up getting out of control. I think something I would be interested in further learning about after doing this project is the theory of how riots actually become riots.


Shelby’s Final Thoughts:

I think one of the most interesting points we came across while researching for our blog posts was the prevalence of systematic racism in our judicial system. American media projects images of uprisings in predominantly black neighborhoods, racial injustices and police brutality. What isn’t shown are the everyday obstacles of discrimination minorities face everyday of their lives. Racial bias is extremely common in the American justice system, professional work environments and academic settings. The amount of prejudice blacks face through social and institutionalized racism is appalling and should be acknowledged on a national level. I believe that until privileged individuals come to terms with the prevalence of modern racism and decide to stand up among minorities widespread discrimination in the States will continue to persist.


Kimberly’s Final Thoughts:

One of my favorite topics that we talked about was the Black Lives Matter Movement. I thought it was a good topic to start off our blog with and it allowed me to learn more about a movement that I was relatively unfamiliar with. I thought it was interesting to learn that to some the All Lives Matter movement can be seen as insulting because it is seen as a denial to the racism towards black people in America. Overall, I enjoyed being able to research the topic of racial injustices in America, and I think that I learned a lot through the research of our four categories; Black Lives Matter, police brutality, riots, and institutional racism.


Aliyah’s Final Thoughts

Overall I think our blog is informative, but still easy to read. The point of this blog was to give readers the tools to start conversations about the injustices in America. These things happen around us everyday, little injustices go unnoticed or undiscussed. As long as they are not discussed publicly, by different races other than just Blacks, more blacks and minorities in this country will suffer. So, if anything I hope readers take away at least one thing from this blog that they can bring up with friends and start a discussion. My favorite section that I think has a lot of takeaways is the Black Lives Matter Movement section. Between traditional and social media I feel like the true purpose and intent of the Movement has been skewed. It seems like people not in the Movement have the most to say about their goals and positions, which is quite unfair. With this in mind, we put together a section that aims to display the true purpose of the Black Lives Matter Movement. The other sections are just as compelling, they tell the stories of injustices. Tell a friend to tell a friend to check it out!


Zion’s Call To Action:

In many ways this blog is designed to educate our audience about racial tensions in America. We not only strived to educate, but to validate the concerns and the unfortunate realities of many Black Americans. Now we’ve told you why Black Lives Matter and how institutional racism has been used to mistreat and underserved Black Americans, but now it’s your turn to take what you learned and turn it into action. Be an ally, it’s a more important role than many people think. Allies to the movement for equality can create dialogue and conversations amongst people who wouldn’t traditionally feel comfortable around marginalized groups. Do your research and spread what you know in circles where you do not see Black Americans. But in all just do what you can to dismantle institutional racism and unlearn the prejudices that may have been instilled in you by voting for policies that reform our criminal justice system and better serve inner city communities. Use your privilage to create equality, for more tips on how to be a great ally to Black Americans please read The Huffington Post’s article: ( )


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Riots – Refutation

Riots, Martin Luther King Jr described it as “the voice of the unheard”. American history books classify some riots as historic moments of rebellion and patriotism, while others are moments of terror and divide. We celebrate the white men that threw tea into the river while berating black men that damage property after reports of police brutality. Not only do we classify them differently but we treat those involved differently. Members of the Boston Tea Party are heros while members of the Ferguson and Baltimore riots are thugs and criminals.

In a press conference during the Baltimore unrests of 2015 Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake claimed that “thugs” had been “tearing down businesses and tearing down and destroying property, things we know will impact our community for years”. The problem with her statement and the statement of many political leaders in times of unrest, due to racial issues, is the lack of acknowledgement for the power and positive outcomes rioters bring. The claim that the rioters are thugs is a racially charged term used to describe black men as angry criminals. Between the language within the press conference and the lack of acknowledgement towards the way riots in Ferguson aided in the knowledge of civil and racial inequalities within the community the mayor of Baltimore was not able to unify or uplift the people in her community.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake, like many people, minimized the feelings and the actions of the rioters as simply people who are damaging themselves without understanding the impact of their actions. Ferguson is a perfect example of how a riot can shed light to the issues facing people of color in a small town. The Ferguson unrests happened a year before the events in Baltimore, when a young black American boy named Mike Brown was shot and killed by police officer Darien Wilson.   

Many Americans who take part in the coverage produced by media outlets have characterized the anger of black young people in Baltimore as a riot, branding them as being thugs or others who are just looking for trouble to cause. Some will not acknowledge that the angry and violent response against the repeated acts of police brutalities could be reasonable. Peaceful protests are a good way for people to express their opinions because through this people will be able to get their opinions heard without being seen as “thugs” or “trouble makers.” Many people have only seen the violent riots related to the police brutality in Baltimore because of the media coverage and how there is not as much coverage on peaceful protests.




Police Brutality – Affirmation


Over the last few years, turmoil was erupted in the United States over the deaths of various unarmed African Americans who died at the hands of police. Ferguson, Tulsa, Baltimore and multiple other cities across the country has sparked a national debate over how much racial bias skews law enforcement behavior, even subconsciously. Although not all police encounters turn violent, it is sure to say that race has increasingly become a deciding factor in how officers will treat members of the community.

Routine traffic stops more frequently led to searches, arrests and the opening of a trapdoor into the criminal justice system that can have a lifelong impact, especially for those who lack economic or social resources in order to protect or defend themselves from racial discrimination and prejudice.

Empirical evidence confirms the existence of racial profiling on America’s roadways. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that for the year 2005, the most recent data available, “police actions taken during a traffic stop were not uniform across racial and ethnic categories.” “Black drivers (4.5%) were twice as likely as White drivers (2.1%) to be arrested during a traffic stop. By analyzing data from 4.5 million traffic stops in 100 North Carolina cities, Stanford researchers have found that police in that state are more likely to search black and Hispanic motorists, using a lower threshold of suspicion, than when they stop white or Asian drivers.

According to findings by a Guardian study that recorded a final tally of 1,134 deaths at the hands of law enforcement officers this year, young black men were nine times more likely than other Americans to be killed by police officers in 2015.


Police brutality against blacks started being in the media more following the shooting of Michael Brown, by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9, 2014. This resulted in nationwide protests against the tendency of law enforcement to be overly aggressive when dealing with black men. This is how the Black Lives Matter movement gained traction. Through this movement, it has been shown that police are arresting and killing black men at a much higher rate than any other racial groups.

Overall in 2015, black people were killed at twice the rate of white, Hispanic and native Americans. About 25% of the African Americans killed were unarmed, compared with 17% of white people. This disparity has narrowed since the database was first published on 1 June, at which point black people killed were found to be twice as likely to not have a weapon.

Law enforcement was only charged with 18 crimes of 2015’s deadly incidents – 10 shootings, four deadly vehicle crashes and four deaths in custody.

Minority groups are much more likely to be arrested, shot and killed by police than other racial groups. Racial profiling is a large problem in law enforcement because there are biases and stereotypes towards black males. Police officers are often quicker to shoot an unarmed black man than an unarmed white man due to embedded cultural stereotypes. It is clear that African Americans are victimized by police in the United States more than any other ethnic group of citizens.



Police Brutality – Facts

After the Baltimore Riots in 2015 Identities.Mic published an article with facts about police brutality. Some of the information may shock readers, but information also does a great job of contextualizing the sentiments some Black Americans hold in regards to police.

Check out the article:

25 Shocking Facts About the Epidemic of Police Brutality in America

Police Brutality – Uncommon Sense

On the MTV2 show Uncommon Sense the host, Charlamagne Tha God, used his segment called “Righteous Ratchet Wisdom” to speak up on the incident of police brutality on a young woman at Spring Valley High in Columbia, South Carolina. A video was captured of a young girl getting dragged by a police officer because she did not leave the classroom when asked to do so. This sparked massive outrage which fueled Charlamagne’s speech on the show. He goes from address the issue with the blue wall of silence, to the child abuse that was inflicted, and finally the lack of respect.

Check out the link to the full video:

Righteous Ratchet Wisdom

Police Brutality – Rodney King

Before there was Eric Garner, before there was Philando Castile, there was Rodney King. On March 3rd 1991 Rodney King was stopped by LAPD after a high speed car chased and was beaten severely by members of the Los Angeles Police Department. Someone close by took a video recording of the altercation from their balcony and sent it to a local news station, and it did not take long for the story to go national. The King incident gave validity to the claim African Americans had been making about police brutality and the video tape sparked a national conversation. Unfortunately, the police offers were not convicted, thereby causing the 1992 LA riots.

The link to the video of Rodney King being beaten by the police is:

The Beating of Rodney King