The outrage began with the shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. It was the watershed moment where America and the world woke up and realized that for young, black men, a trip to the local Walmart can end in death. America’s problem with race though, including the countless shooting of unarmed , young, black men began long before Trayvon Martin.
A recent report though suggests that police in American shoot an African American male twice a week. This is nothing new. This phenomena is almost certainly underreported as only 4% of police departments within the United States provided these statistics to the FBI and are based on a system of self-reporting. As a democratic nation, we are not only failing when it comes to race issues, but actually turning back the clock on the civil rights movement. To make matters worse, it is a rare occasion for police charged and successfully prosecuted.
Please join Fred and Marg on BTR’s Lies My Country Told Me, “Being Black In America, The Color of Injustice“ on Sunday, October 5, 2014 at 12:00 pm EST. You can join us in the chat room or call in and share your opinion at (347) 677-1814.
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