Another thing that relates to the civil rights era, is the racial profiling by police officers. Police have long held the reputation of racially profiling blacks, treating them differently to whites. In fact, in an article by The Huffington Post, the author states “police have long been accused of targeting black americans through racial profiling”(Boboltz, Sara., 16 quotes to remind America that Black Lives Matter). This shows how discrimination has caused untrust between black communities and police officers. According to the NYPD, 50% of crime suspects are black, even though whites significantly outnumber blacks (NYPD). This is a shocking statistic of how blacks are discriminated against and accused of crimes more often, just because of the color of their skin. Just like the civil rights era, people are still being treated based on the color of their skin.
Police look upon a Black Lives Matter protest
The best and most effective way to cause change in attitudes, is by participating in Black Lives Matter protests. Just because your ethnicity may not be African-American, does not mean that you should back down from attending these protests. If you want change then go out there, protest, and make your voice heard! Protests help people to recognize the racism in the US. For example, the march on Chicago last year included over 10,000 people!(March on Chicago). Be proactive, and protest for what is right. The people’s “right to assemble” and “freedom of speech”(US Constitution) was created by the founding fathers for a reason, so that every citizen can use their voice and make a difference. This civil rights issue is far from over, and needs to be resolved as soon as possible.