In the court system African Americans are feeling oppressed because of the way they are being treated and how white defendants are being acquitted when clearly they are at fault. This was alike to the case of Jimmie Lee Jackson in 1965, Lee was participating in a peaceful voting rights march when cops brutally beat him for no reason. He was unarmed and not a threat but the cops in the end killed him. When the cop who fatally shot Lee went to court he was not found guilty and could return to his job “Though Al Lingo, head of the state troopers, had sent an arrest warrant to Jackson while he was in the hospital, Fowler had faced no punishment or disciplinary action, and was allowed to continue in his job.” (biography of Jimmie Lee). There have been many similar situations today where the white defendant accused of murdering an innocent African American is acquitted even though the evidence clearly points at gilt. For example in the famous George Zimmerman case there was much controversy “On February 26, 2012, George Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Fla. Martin, a black teenager dressed in a hoodie, was unarmed when Zimmerman killed him.”(Washington Post) Many Americans view him as a cold-blooded murdered who should have been convicted and spend the rest of his life in jail. All the evidence suggests that Martin was just an ordinary kid taking a walk through the neighborhood posing no threat to the community. Both in history and even today evidence shows that while African Americans somewhat have been protected more by the courts they are still not getting the fair trials they deserve.
There are countless ways ordinary citizens can get involved to help eliminate racial profiling. An organization, One America, strives to fight against “...everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, citizenship or immigration status.” (We Are One America) This act wants to introduce the “End Racial Profiling Act”, which would ban racial profiling at the federal, state and local level. Individuals have the ability to drive conversations and interaction between races by facilitating conversations and standing up to unconstitutional actions. The United States is a country that accepts all and a specific race should never be victimized.
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