Systemic Racism, Police Brutality of Black People, and the Use of Violence in Quelling Peaceful Protests in America

  • Williams C. Iheme O.P Jindal Global University
Keywords: black people, racism, oppression, violence, police brutality, prision, bail, mass incarceration, protests

Abstract

The Trump Administration and its mantra to ‘Make America Great Again’ has been calibrated with racism and severe oppression against Black people in America who still bear the deep marks of slavery. After the official abolition of slavery in the second half of the nineteenth century, the initial inability of Black people to own land, coupled with the various Jim Crow laws rendered the acquired freedom nearly insignificant in the face of poverty and hopelessness. Although the age-long struggles for civil rights and equal treatments have caused the acquisition of more black-letter rights, the systemic racism that still perverts the American justice system has largely disabled these rights: the result is that Black people continue to exist at the periphery of American economy and politics. Using a functional approach and other types of approach to legal and sociological reasoning, this article examines the supportive roles of Corporate America, Mainstream Media, and White Supremacists in winnowing the systemic oppression that manifests largely through police brutality. The article argues that some of the sustainable solutions against these injustices must be tackled from the roots and not through window-dressing legislation, which often harbor the narrow interests of Corporate America.

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Published
2020-12-15
How to Cite
Iheme, W. C. (2020). Systemic Racism, Police Brutality of Black People, and the Use of Violence in Quelling Peaceful Protests in America. The Age of Human Rights Journal, (15), 224-262. https://doi.org/10.17561/tahrj.v15.5851
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