Essay On Police Discrimination

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For hundreds of years, people have been segregated, enslaved, and physically harmed for one simple reason, their skin color. This ignorance should have halted centuries ago. However, prejudice remains a recurring problem in the world. Starting in the year 1619, and ending in 1865, black people were enslaved, and forced to do arduous labor. Afterwards, slavery was abolished, but segregation continued and was made legal in Plessy v. Ferguson (1896). This separated blacks and whites and gave a badge of inferiority to them. Once again, there was a light at the end of a dark tunnel with Brown v. Board of Education (1954), which overturned the laws established in Plessy v. Ferguson. There was hope that racism would end, instead, it persisted into…show more content…
It is nowhere near as bad as when black people were dehumanized and treated like property. Nevertheless, the place we are in now in terms of racism is still unacceptable. Across the United States, people like Eric Garner were physically assaulted or killed by the police, and there is a pattern in the victims. These police brutality incidents are heard of constantly, and they are against people of color. The police officer(s) responsible are usually acquitted, despite there being evidence to prove their brutality. These circumstances are similar to what I have encountered in Maycomb. The Tom Robinson case, and the innumerable police brutality cases are ingrained in racism and prejudice. Both condemn people who have done nothing wrong, and are unfortunate martyrs to the idea that races are inferior or superior to others. I stand by the fact that “Our courts have their faults, as does any human constitution, but in this country our courts are the great levellers, and in our courts all men are created equal.” Racism must cease, for centuries of its existence is too long, and everyone must be considered equal, so that justice can finally be served to those who were harmed and killed unlawfully for the color of their skin, by those who are supposed to uphold the

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