In the year 2021, statistics show that 76% of the black community has little or no confidence at all in the investigations of racism in the United States.
This is not optimal, neither for the black community nor the society of the United States in general. Reasons for this fact are broad, and there is no simple or easy solution to this huge societal problem.
Though slavery ended nearly 150 years ago, young black men have been treated as second-class citizens by politicians and police ever since.
We live in a developed, technological, and international age where racism and police violence should not be a topic of conversation at all.
The tension between police officers and young, black men is nothing new. It’s not isolated to Ferguson or North County or even St. Louis.
America has continued to isolate poor black people in economically depressed neighborhoods under increasingly oppressive police tactics that breed distrust and hostility.
You would think the election and re-election of our first black president would’ve signified that the United States has defeated racism and prejudice, but still, we are far from there.
80% of the black community think Brown’s death raises big issues about race, and only 37% of the white community think the same way.
The white community may not even notice how much racism fills but it is everyday life and big insecurity for most of the black community.
Even in schools, this problem is still frighteningly large. When black boys are involved in an altercation or disruption, instead of being sent to the principal’s office, they are too often handcuffed on the spot and given a criminal record.
Experience teaches black men that police officers exist not to protect them, but to criminalize and humiliate them. Few black boys get through adolescence without a story of police harassment, and with age, their stories proliferate.
With each negative encounter, black men build up antagonism toward law enforcement. They develop defense mechanisms and toughen up to protect their pride and perceived respectability.
This is not a healthy society. The police are, after all, to protect the citizens, and not to intimidate them. The relationship between the police and the communities they are charged with “protecting and serving” needs to change.