Are Black Male Lives Valued?

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Coll. Eng. & Comp. II (ENG—111-801,2014,01
Dr. Desiree Dighton
John McCray
October 6, 2014
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Are Black Male Lives Valued?

In reading the article by Brittney Cooper, I found that there is an underlying question that needs to be asked. Are Black Male Lives Valued? Ms. Cooper and others went to Ferguson, Mo., with a profound statement that should cause a person to pause and reflect, “Black lives matter, all Black lives.” There appears to be callous disregard when it comes to the lives of Black males as opposed to the lives of white males. According to FBI statistics from 2008-2013, 80 per cent of all black deaths that were violent by nature were committed by other black persons, in 16 percent of those deaths the police were responsible. Michael Brown is dead, and the small town of Ferguson,
Mo., has boiled over with rage and frustration and yet the frustration that they feel permeates all of black society. Young black males in certain ZIP codes all over the United States are at high risk of death by homicide. One young black male by the name of Jamell Spann, yelled out of frustration, “All of my friends have been killed and I’m sick of it.” Not all by the police in
Ferguson, but dead nevertheless. Is there a value placed on a black? Apparently not, police see us as a criminal from the onset of a traffic stop to jaywalking, not so with white males, they are given the benefit of the color of their skin. As we…

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