As we all know, the death of Mr. Floyd has been a mainstream subject on social media. For being black myself, I must take responsibility and do everything I can that can help. Many told me doing that would be risky, but I still decided to spread awareness in this community.
Police brutality towards colored people and racial profiling is something that has been a problem in the United States. Many black people have been beaten down, getting checked on for just being black and most importantly died. But what I want you to understand is that those things are present in every place where the black people are a minority. It is just not as much publicized (it is still nowhere near what happens in the USA with many black people getting shot at). Still, places like France and Sweden have many cases publicized (I can tell you that Police Brutality is present in Canada’s metropolis). This is not a national problem, but a WORLDWIDE problem, and we should all take responsibility and spread awareness.
If you look back in history, black people went through slavery, segregation, War on Drugs (which was a movement made to incarcerate black people). With all that heritage, you can guess how hard it is to deal with the current system since many laws and movements were made to stop the black empowerment. Colored people have a poor heritage (economic wise), and it has been proven that it is hard to get out of poverty when you do not have all the advantages the rich people have. They always have been put in the same poor neighborhoods (land, territory ) which obviously increase crime rates and get them stuck in a cycle that some can’t get out of unless they work 200x harder and get as much help as they can.
‘’There is, for example, five times more white drug users than black. Relative to the population, black men are admitted to state prison on drug charges at a rate that is 13.4 times greater than that of white men.’’ – Human Rights Watch
There is a documentary on Netflix named 13th, the documentary denounce how the United States has managed to incarcerate black people INTENTIONALLY and how they have made economic benefits from it by proposing laws and signing contracts with private prison corporations.
For example, there is the crack vs cocaine cases :
Crack was a drug used by low income and minority communities, it was a cheap drug, and people would get a much higher sentence for getting caught with it. Cocaine was a luxury drug used by higher-income communities. Colored people were targeted during the Drug Wars (1970-1989) in United and got incarcerated for it.
‘’A comprehensive examination of the 100-to-1 crack versus powder cocaine sentencing disparity under which distribution of just 5 grams of crack carries a minimum 5-year federal prison sentence, while distribution of 500 grams of powder cocaine carries the same 5-year mandatory minimum sentence.’’ – American Civil Liberties Union.
Let’s not deny how hard it is for a black man that got out of jail to get a job, which in most cases will lead someone to go back to sell drugs since he doesn’t see any other solution which is an example of the toxic infinite cycle that is similar to the cycle where you put all the poor people in the same place and the consequences it leads to.
To conclude, all I want to say is that the system being racist is a known fact, and if you refuse to believe it, you are part of the problem. Do your research and you will see how harder it is for a black man to get a business loan from the bank than an Asian that just immigrated to the State and used the credit score he has from his country.
''You ain’t my color, then you don’t know the struggle of living black
Cops kill us and we protest, what type of shit is that?
We seventeen, got 40 years in that court when we getting cracked
Stuck in the system, they just watching us fail while they sitting back
The government cutting checks, but can’t cut a n**** some slack
It’s hard to get a job, so we hustle and flip a pack
It’s all a set-up, no wonder why they call this b*** a trap
This all we know, a life of peace is what we can’t see
I’m from where we UNHEARD and we can’t SPEAK
We go to school, they try to tell us what we can’t be '' – POLO G
I will leave you from some lyrics of Polo G, a rapper that went through this, and also I highly suggest you to go watch the Documentary 13th on Netflix ( It will explain how the United States benefits from incarcerating black people). I would also ask you to SPREAD AWARENESS about it. The more people get to know about how the system works, the more we can fight against it and change it.
https://www.netflix.com/title/80091741 - DOCUMENTARY 13TH - It is really interesting and worth the time, if you decide to watch it, share it on your social media, so more people can see it and try to convince your circle ( close friends and family to watch it). Especially if you're black, you must do something, as simple as that.
If you aren't willing to watch a documentary that last 1h40, I just want you TO WATCH THIS, Take 4 min of your life and watch it.
Like I said earlier
IF YOU DONT SEE IT, YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM
As a black man, I did what I had to do, I did my job!