Report: Mask of American democracy falls when it returns to the Racism
Spreading of the media legendary after it says that the United States succeeded in ending the problem of racism, as US social specialist Mr. Hunt said, what happened in Fulton County, in the State of Georgia on Sunday, June 14, and before that, the killing of African American citizen George Floyd that ignited the US street indicates the United States is still suffering from the problem of racial discrimination.
The killing of Mr. Floyd came in a racist treatment that is still characterized by “person of color” in the United States, which shook the American street and woke it up from the legendary of democracy in America and the equality that raised the question with the causes and motives behind this discriminatory behavior.
The situation aggravated the killing of another African American man (Rayshard Brooks, 27), who was shot while he was escaping from police officers in a restaurant park in Atlanta late last Friday, sparking protests again in Atlanta after days of demonstrations around the world, condemning the racism and police brutality over the death of George Floyd in Police custody in the American city of Minneapolis on May 25].
This included a new condemnation of using the lethal force by the US police. A prominent Democrat in the House of Representatives said that Brooks’ behavior “did not call for using the lethal force”, expressing his support for what was stated in a statement issued by the mayor of Atlanta.
The city’s police chief had resigned, and the officer suspected of killing the black man was fired. The history of the United States is full of these racist incidents, and the black angers, what they said, against white supremacy.
After dozens of decades of apartheid and more than ten years of struggle under the leadership of Martin Luther King, the racism was abolished under the US law after a major march came out into streets demanding civil rights in 1963.
The African American human rights leader Martin King did not know that his dream would turn into a nightmare after more than half a century.
Mr. King is one of the most famous leaders in struggling against racial discrimination in America, whose speeches, hopes and dreams are still a country equal to its citizens, regardless of race, religion, and gender, resonate in the corners of the earth whenever human rights are mentioned, and he did not know that he would not even have a fair death.
It is true that the black leader’s struggle in the 1950s resulted in blacks snatching the Civil Rights Act, the right to vote, and the Act to End Racial Discrimination against Color, Religion, Belief, and Sex, but discrimination did not cease, and George Floyd had many similarities in the current times.
The 1960s witnessed many protests and riots that led to the killing, in Walts in 1965, in Detroit in 1967, and then in 1968 when criminals had assassinated Martin Luther King. It left dozens of dead and thousands of arrests. After that, relative calm occurred in the 1970s and 1980s.
In 1991, the people of the United States took into streets, and riots have been taken place after US courts acquitted Los Angeles police officers who had unlawfully beaten a black citizen.
In 1992, Anger was renewed after Rodney Glen King has been beaten by four white officers in front of the camera after arresting him over the speed limit.
The twenty-minute video has been moved around the world. But a year later, the four officers were acquitted. Then in 2012, forty-five years after Martin Luther King said, “I have a dream.”
Unexpectedly, the United States elected a black president, Obama, an election that was accompanied by many dreams for blacks.
But Obama’s election did not radically change the United States. In 2012, Trayvon Martin, an African American teen walking home from a trip to a convenience store, is fatally shot by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer.
This is the only incident that Obama spoke about it, saying: “If I had a boy, he would look like Trayvon Martin ,” explaining that the accident might be racist.
The former US President Obama was facing many criticisms for racist clashes that happened in Missouri, between blacks and mostly white police.
US social expert Hunt said, “We do not hear about cases that white-skinned youths are targeted” in the United States, adding: “there is an opinion that black men pose a threat that should be monitored, but in reality, whites have different experiences from blacks in the police.
In Ferguson in the State of Missouri, for example, the percentage of searches among blacks reached 92%, and the number of arrests among black drivers reached 93% in 2013, although the police found that the number of violations committed by whites (34%) was much more than those committed by blacks (22%).
The difference between the two proportions is not exclusive to Ferguson but rather exceeds it to other US cities.
The number of searches of African Americans and Latinos in the streets of New York is more compared to the number of searches of white Americans.
Mr. Hunt says that the parents of black children and their mothers are not always sure that the police will not subject their children to violence. These families try to avoid friction between their children and the police. These families demand the courts prevent the police from conducting any searches based on skin color, and they also require other measures, such as educating the police during the study period.
However, the formal abolition of racial discrimination does not end the problems in the United States of America overnight.