There are two different Americas. As you have learned based off the past two videos above, there are huge issues within the establishments of the police force. Minorities have always been targeted by the police. America's foundation is racist. White privilege is alive and well due to the systems in place.
The photo to the left is a public servant being arrested for attending a BLM protest this summer.
The counter argument states that not All Cops Are Bad (ACAB). An article by Killian Hobbs, All Cops Are Bad? No.
Hobbs argues that just because there are some bad cops that exist in this country does not mean that the system is broken. Majority of Americans view the police department "(a)s a noble undertaking" (Hobbs). A lot of the job monitoring minor law violations, whether it is parking tickets, jay walking, or public disagreements. Cops are not seeking to harm citizens. They are sworn in to protect and serve their community. Every job has corruption or so called "bad apples" does not mean that the entire profession should be defunded. He states that rather show them all of the good that law enforcement does for their community in the past and present. Show them what would happen if cops were no longer around. There are evils that are lurking in your town ready to cause chaos as soon as the police are no longer around. Understanding and respecting the police department as it stands today will have you be grateful for the protection you have living in the United States of America.
Are the BLM riots justified?
Yes. Throughout American history the lives of the Black people went from property to second class citizens and equality still has not been achieved. Over 400 years of oppression makes it justified that some buildings were damaged over members of the Black community being taken from them and receiving little to none justice.
Are All Cops Bad?
No. The reason we say ACAB is not that every person who is an officer is a corrupt individual, but someone who chooses to be a police officer chooses to ignore the institutional racism and policing of minorities is adding to the problem. The system is working how it was constructed to function: to benefit white people and suppress minorities, so white privilege is still in tact. Cases like Breonna Taylor, where the officers murdered this woman with zero justification have yet to be charged for her murder. Only one, Brett Hankison, out of the four men accused for her murder have been fired from the police force. The death of Breonna Taylor is a perfect example of why we say ACAB.
The difference between what happened on January 6th and the riots this summer for George Floyd.
- One is mainly white people being upset that their president lost the election that they felt was rigged.
- Another was Americans being outraged over yet another lost life due to the systematic racism that have been set in place since they were taken from the seas of Africa.
If you want to learn more information about the differences between the Capitol attack and the BLM riots here are some links: The Freedom To Assemble ,Fact check: Viral images compare handling of Black Lives Matter protests and Capitol riot , and Rioters breached US Capitol security on Wednesday. This was the police response when it was Black protesters on DC streets last year
The damages from the 2020 BLM riots crushed all prior records, including the Rodney King riots of 1992 in Los Angeles, which was 775 million. There was over 2 billion dollars worth of damage from 20 cities alone. These damages did not include the injuries of police officers who were harmed in the line of fire. Destroying businesses, especially in the worsening economy due to COVID-19, has hurt more businesses and families. These people had nothing to do with the protests yet they were caught in the cross fire. How is that fair?
I have been apart of the Black Lives Matter movement for about a year now. I typically get involved by going to protests and sharing on social media ways to help within the community. I am an Urban Planning and Political Science major who plans to become an attorney to help in areas of lower socioeconomic areas. The goal of this website is not for me to speak for Black people, but to show those who might not understand the roots of the riots, or why they occurred to show them how they are justified.
Assuming the rioting this summer was due to the death of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor is forgetting the history of Black people in this country. The treatment of minorities versus White people is the reason for rioting. The system is broken and living in two Americas is why the rioting is justified.
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