Blacks And Their Freedoms By Joe Masterson

Who is affected?

  • Members of the black community, all around the world because they are unjustly victimized
  • The President of the United States because they are impacted by the consequences of police violence. The President wants to bring the country together, but is struggling to.
  • The United States Police Force because not all members of the force of unjustly murdering innocent members of the black community.

What right or freedoms are being taken away by police ?

What is the history of this struggle?

  • In the early 1600s, Black slavery began to provide labor for cash crops and the white plantation owners.
  • After the Union won the Civil War, 4 million slaves were freed, but slavery continued to influence American history.
  • "The legacy of slavery continued to influence American history, from the tumultuous years of Reconstruction (1865-77) to the civil rights movement that emerged in the 1960s, a century after emancipation" (
  • Slavery has impacted the countries treatment on the black community by treating them inferior to whites for hundreds of years
  • That members of the black community were being shot for just doing the everyday life.

Bloody Sunday

In 1965, Bloody Sunday was an event during the Civil Rights Movement in Selma, Alabama. Many members of the black community were marching in Selma for freedom and equality. When the group was crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge, they were brutally attack by white police officers. Many innocent black protesters were killed and wounded. The attack was unjust because the protesters were following the United States Constitution by having the right to peacefully protest.

How is your issue similar to Bloody Sunday?

  • Similar to Bloody Sunday, many white police officers are taking their own actions and killing members of the black community.
  • The protest planned was in response to "bloodshed in the nearby town of Marion on February 18, 1965, when state troopers clubbed protestors and fatally shot 26-year-old Jimmie Lee Jackson, an African American demonstrator trying to protect his mother, who was being struck by police."(
  • "Chicago police have shot 702 citizens — killing 215 — in the past 15 years"( Chicago Tribune)
  • Clearly, Bloody Sunday and Black Lives Matter are similar because the intent is to protest peacefully, but the police reacts violently instead of allowing them constitutional freedoms.

How is your issue different from Bloody Sunday?

  • Bloody Sunday and Black Lives Matter are different because Selma was an organized march, while Black Lives Matter effects the black community throughout the country and Chicago.
They crossed this bridge and the were attacked by white police officers

How can ordinary citizens get involved?

  • Police officer can get involved and be care of what the shoots
  • People should not shoot or carry a weapon without a license
  • The president should allow opened arms to possible suggestions as to how to help various communities.
  • The police officers should not always shoot if they don't know exactly what's going on in a situation.
  • For decades, the police force has been victimizing the black community and the United States citizens should unite to stop this unconstitutional violence.

Movement of BlackLivesMatter

  • Black Lives Matter was established in 2012 after Trayvon Martin’s murderer. The police officer, George Zimmerman, was found not guilty, after fatally shooting 17-year old Trayvon.
  • Black Lives Matter is a chapter-based national organization that helps working towards blacks lives and how they matter just as much as any other human's life
  • #BlackLivesMatter was created because of the anti-Black racism and all the anti-black race related violence in our society.
  • Black Lives Matter supports all BLACKS - Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, black-undocumented folks, folks with records, women and all Black lives along the gender spectrum.
  • They want to help rebuild the Black liberation movement.
  • Black Lives Matter, is helping blacks not feel powerless when it comes to the government, state police and everyone else in society
  • Black lives are being deprived of the basic human rights and dignity.
  • " 2.8 million Black people are locked in cages in this country is state violence." ( black lives


  • Mills, Steve, Todd Lighty, and Jason Grotto. "In 702 Shootings by Chicago Police, Zero Federal Civil Rights Charges Filed." N.p., 08 Aug. 2016. Web. 22 Mar. 2017.
  • Funk, Angel. "Why Black Lives Matter." Cal Times. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Mar. 2017.
  • Townes, Carimah. "Chicago's Former Top Cop Blames City Murder Rate on Black Lives Matter." ThinkProgress. ThinkProgress, 03 Jan. 2017. Web. 22 Mar. 2017.
  • Staff. "Slavery in America." A&E Television Networks, 2009. Web. 22 Mar. 2017.


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