The Influence of Racism in the USA
Racism has impacted the US for hundreds of years and is continuing to be a key factor in society. It all started long ago when slavery began, whites were saw as the superior race and people of color were made to feel inferior which is why whites made them their slaves. Slave masters used excessive force as a way to instill fear and to force cooperation. These masters saw whipping as a way to flex their power and authority.
There have been many incidents, and continues to be incidents of discrimination from higher powers that are put in place to serve all citizens including but not limited to; the police, teachers, and other government officials. Protesting takes place when the people (citizens of the country) feel that they’re not being heard and are being subject to injustice because of their race or gender. Feelings of injustice is what fuels citizens’ to exercise their first amendment rights; protesting and freedom of speech. Some protests can be violent while others are non-violent.
Many places have held non-peaceful racism protests, that proves to be more effective that violent protests, like Melbourne. Non- peaceful protests are effective in making a difference and reversing behaviors of discrimination for the greater good of the people. A peaceful protest grants the opportunity to present the injustice behavior and to receive a solution. An example of a peaceful protest that has received a solution is Martin Luther King’s protest at Selma.Most peaceful protests turned violent because of outside forces like the police bringing dogs and fire hoses to disturb the peace.
When tensions rise and one party feels threatened everything turns sour and taints the entire protest. The focus or reason of a protest is forgotten when it turns violent which is why many outside forces get involved, to distract the public from its purpose. The protest at Melbourne's racism protest turned violent because men got to aggressive. According to author Jake Nowakoski” About two dozen people dressed in black and wearing masks still managed to interrupt an anti-Islam rally, setting flags alight and scuffling with news photographers”. This is an example of how people interact at peaceful protest and outside forces taints the entire rally distracting what’s trying to be done. (Jake Nowakoski)
Violent protests aren’t the key to freedom, simply because it shows ignorance and proves many stereotypes to be true, here are some things that will make your protest ineffective, “More than 100 anti-racism activists had earlier gathered at the steps of Parliament, chanting lines including No Hate, No Fear, fascist are not welcome here”.(Victoria) Insulting the oppressors is not a way to get them to see things the way the public sees it, it is shameful that people must use derogatory language to get their point across. There are alternative ways to get freedom and liberty, sometimes it’s best to be submissive and not rowdy, especially when an irrational person has a weapon because speaking out sometimes leads to one’s great demise. Life is too precious to die at an early age many people have already died for our freedom, there shouldn’t be any more lives lost over the ignorance of others, we all want to live our life as equal human beings and have true freedom.
Most protests in the African American/ people of color’s community is for equality, The “Peaceful” protest was ineffective because of the violent ways that they have inherited from different generations. Most citizens get arrested or imprisoned for misbehaving at a peaceful protest, in which they are brutally beaten. Melbourne host Racist rallies often, in which nothing changes, I fact things may get worse. According to the author Getty” Some protesters were sprayed with capsicum foam and a scuffle broke out after the two groups hurled abuse at each other and attacked others with flagpoles flying the Australian flag:”(Getty). Things over there get worse by the day, because of their functions. Melbourne has a one of the highest crime rates, because of their protest which are unlawful for humanity.
Recently, in the African American communities a lot of racism has stirred up causing different races too to be bitter. One protest was the Michael Brown protest which was non- peaceful and had a lot of influence on the African American communities. Details occurred about the death because two days later, white police officers were gunned down and killed by a black male. This only made things even worse because that cause a huge riot. The protest resulted in many different fatigues and a lot of hurtful things that still, has an affect on the court case. Gully says” Mr. Wilson is white. Mr. Brown was Black.The demonstrators see the case in terms of racism and police brutality.” This shows that the protests were even worse. Michael Brown has a huge affect on the african american society as a whole and we should have enough respect for someone who stood up for the community.
The African Americans point still haven't gotten their point across yet so the only way to do it is between non-peaceful protests. African Americans should stand up for what's right in society. Brown was an innocent man who went into the store to buy him some cigarillos and was shot by a caucasian policeman; Darien Wilson. “Mr Wilson is white. Mr Brown was black.”(unknown author) The demonstrators see the case in terms of racism and police brutality. This caused people off the top of their head to think that it was a racist “thing”. When they found out that the shooter was found not guilty the people start thinking they were taking up for him and that have to be seen to get their point across which was a protest. It started off peacefully but police came and others which turned it into a non peaceful protest. “Mr Wilson is white. Mr Brown was black. The demonstrators see the case in terms of racism and police brutality.
In conclusion, non peaceful protests are very effective. Racism has existed for centuries, and there is still a chance to minimize it but it will never truly end. Racism should end because by it continuing it continues to segregate the races and the chances for the unity of races and true peace. Racism may also lead to more violence within the countries because of the hatred of someone because of the color of their skin. It may also lead to more violence within the countries. Racism should be stopped because no race is superior to any other race. All races should have equal opportunities as other races. I used three sources that prove that non peaceful protests are effective and they got the result they were looking for.