The Racism Of Black Men By Martin Luther King Jr.

1720 WordsApr 26, 20157 Pages
Picture thousands of inner-city children being forced into a system that leads them from school straight to prison. Picture hundreds of stories, seemingly every day, being published about unarmed black men killed by police. Picture a bus full of college students obliviously conducting racist sing-alongs regardless of its potential to offend or hurt others. All these recent events have led some to question the 21st-century idea that Americans live in a society absent of racial strife and inequality (Winant). Are all Americans living the dream of Martin Luther King Jr., or are some still affect by the racism that is seemingly still embedded within our culture like a repugnant weed that has yet to be pulled from its roots? Although race relations have improved throughout the United States in the past 50 years, institutionalized racism is still prevalent in many black lives in various magnitudes. This can be attributed to the United States being founded upon said systematic discrimination and exploitation (Harris and Lieberman). If the United States continues on its current path, one can rightly assume that—rather than die out—this blemish will continue to grow into a new form. “To protect and to serve.” Over the past few months, this phrase has transformed into a fallacy for many Americans, especially Black-Americans. While the modern police state is radically different compared to, say, the slave patrols of two-hundred years ago, recent criticisms have called into question

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