The's Theory Of Scapegoating

1837 WordsApr 22, 20168 Pages
Currently, Black Lives Matter victims are struggling with the loss of children, relatives, and close friends due to an illogical order in society. The guilty are set free, while the innocent are accused of putting themselves in unfriendly situations, therefore making them a byproduct of their demise. In order to completely understand how innocent people are being killed and murderers are getting away free, I uncovered the truth behind scapegoating. This unfair societal issue is a problem, nonetheless, a careless standard of pledging guilt on the ones who are rightfully innocent. In my essay I argue, by utilizing Burke’s theory of scapegoating in the Tamir Rice shooting, I understand how law and society constructs who receives guilt and who…show more content…
A scapegoat must have two qualities. First, it must be anecdotal; meaning it must be representative of “certain unwanted evils.” Burke describes these unwanted evils as guilt from historical and cultural identifications. In my understanding, “historical and cultural identifications” can be seen in modern day situations such as Tamir’s. These identifications are the negative associations which African American stereotypes have created throughout time. An article written by Kenneth W. Goings in February 1990, states the idea of these stereotypes, saying, “These objects produced from the late 17th century to the present, have been almost universally derogatory, with exaggerated racial features that helped ‘prove’ that African Americans were ‘different’ and inferior.” (Goings, Kenneth.) Historical and culturally, these stereotypes say things such as African Americans look suspicious based of apparel, facial expressions, or physical intimidation therefore making it reasonable for officers to become suspicious. These stereotypes and identification issues make the scapegoats’ guilt easily understood by society and law courts that decide cases such as Tamir Rice’s. Burke’s second point states that a scapegoat needs to be powerful because it must be at least equal to the burden of guilt, so that the sacrifice destroys a vessel strong enough to hold the transgression. Burke notes that the scapegoat must be “worthy legalistically,
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