Walking While Black, The New Crime In America

If you thought slavery was bad, please let me introduce evidence that what the Afro American in the U.S. are going through is even worst.

The recent killing of multiple unarmed black men at the hands of white police officers is exposing the harsh reality of being black in America.

Over the last three decades, Americans have been led to believe that we have achieved something close to racial equality, but beneath the surface, the truth becomes clearer.

According to The Independent, citing figures from the National Poverty Center, 27.4 per cent of black people lived beneath the poverty line, compared to 9.9 per cent of non-Hispanic whites. The article also noted that A 2013 Pew Research Center study found that black men were six times as likely as white men to be incarcerated.

Another study from the Pew Research Center revealed that, a black man is 75% more likely to be killed by a police officer than a terrorist.

The irony is that president Barack Obama and three of his cabinet members are black, including the outgoing Attorney General, Eric Holder. Mr Obama’s nominee to replace Mr Holder is Loretta Lynch, who would be the first black woman to lead the Justice Department.

It makes you wonder if they really have the power to change anything.

The recent killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner that sparked protest nationwide is only the tip of the iceberg.

Deaths such as the shooting in the face of 7-year-old girl Aiyana Jones and just this week 12-year-old boy Tamir Rice for having a toy gun just highlights the violence against against black people is pat of the American modern culture. Not only can black deaths happen, but they are mocked, and justified, no matter the circumstance.

It’s time to speak up. Let’s not wait until an all out revolution spills into the streets. Break the taboo.

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