African Americans Have Been Victims Of Crime Since The 1700s

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#BLACKLIVESMATTER African-Americans have been victims of crime since the 1600s: the beginning of slavery in the U.S. During slavery, African-Americans’ were treated unfairly because they were thought to be inferior. Although slavery ended some time ago, African- Americans are still being treated poorly, because some people still believe blacks are inferior. Unfortunately many of these people work for law enforcement. This causes fear among the African-American community, especially African American males. The long history of police violence against African-Americans proves that everyone is still not treated equally, which is causing African- Americans to dislike law enforcement, and fear their lives, and start movements to bring about change. There are multiple reports of police violence against African Americans that have caused fear of the police. In 1992, Rodney King was almost beaten to death by police officers Laurence Powell, Theodore Briseno, and Timothy Wind. All of these officers were found not guilty, although there was a video showing that the officers beat King, after he was capable of being attained peacefully. In 2013, Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old black male, was walking home and was shot by George Zimmerman because he “looked suspicious.” George Zimmerman called it “self-defense”. Although Zimmerman was specifically instructed not to approach Martin, he did it anyway. Zimmerman claimed self-defense but Martin only had an Arizona and a pack of skittles. In

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