Racial Discrimination is still prevalent in USA, where a 46 year unarmed man was pinned down by police officers and was knelt on his neck nearly for nine minutes before he chocked and died. The video of such horrifying brutality went viral on YouTube reigniting the explosive issue of police brutality and racial Discrimination against African- American five months before a presidential election. In the video it can be seen that he literally kept begging that he cant breathe but the police showed no mercy to him.
There have been several other incidents of Racism in US where police without any warrant and in casual dress barged into a wrong house of African -American and shot down the wife and when the man tried to defend himself he was put behind the bars and was criminally charged for interfering in police investigation. On August 9, 2014 in the majority-black suburbs of St Louis A teenager named Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white police officer, he was shot at least six times, his body left on the street for hours as community members watched on.
Many other small and day to day incidents have come into limelight where the police tried to harass a black women in Florida but little did knew that she was State Attorney. Also there was one incident where three officers assaulted a black student who was just eating his sandwich near the subway, who got wrongly accused of causing public disorder.
History Of Racism IN USA
The history of racism in US is vested very deep such as Atlantic slave trade where the Africans were termed as NEGROS and ships were departed from Europe for African markets with manufactured goods, which were traded for purchased or kidnapped Africans, who were transported across the Atlantic as slaves; the slaves were then sold for 1200 dollars or traded for raw materials. which would be transported back to Europe to complete the voyage
There was a cloth seed or feed sack featuring an embroidered text that recounts the slave sale of a nine-year-old girl named Ashley and the parting gift of the sack by her mother, whom she could never see again. Rose filled the sack with a dress, braid of her hair, pecans, and filled “with my love always”. Americans and European nations have always Exploited the Africans and majorly used them as a source of cheap labor. I personally think that Racial discrimination is much bigger than any other form of discrimination as it visible and can be spotted form a mile. America is considered as one of the most powerful and highly developed country but they are unable to understand the scientific and biological aspects of skin color. Humans with dark skin pigmentation have skin which is naturally rich in melanin (especially eumelanin), and have more melanosomes which provide superior protection against the deleterious effects of ultraviolet radiation. This helps the body to retain its folate reserves and protects against damage to DNA.
If we further look in the Government steps of removing racism. I would say that the US government is a hypocrite and manipulative wherein President Donald Trump himself has been making racial remarks for example Recently he had termed Corona virus as a Chinese virus which has created an atmosphere wherein Americans have been discriminating and passing remarks against the Chinese people. Also in the murder of George Floyd Donald Trump has tweeted referred the protestors as “thugs”, “lowlife and losers” further adding fuel to the fire by saying “ when the looting starts, the shooting starts” these remarks are clear interpretation that US government is trying to suppress the revolt and are indifferent towards black community.
In my opinion I would say that, US has a history of Racism and with the coming of Donald Trump it has further come out into limelight. And all government are trying to demonize the group that they consider as “outsiders”. And even though every citizen of US is an outsider the African American were bought later so they are the newest outsider and have been treated as a threat. They have been restricted into ghettos and have been treated like criminals. In movies like 12 Years A Slave, it has been shown even after independence the stereotypes against Black people are there which needs to be challenged and confronted with. Therefore it’s, my solemn request if anyone faces such kind of discrimination, please speak for yourself and for others.