The Great American filter of “Black & White”

June 07, 2020, The Liberacy:- Black & White filter has burned the world’s most powerful democracy in the past and the shock waves of that past are still shaking the grounds. With the killing of George Floyd, there is a burst in the incidents of violence and disruption in the USA.
With a banner “Black Lives Matter” protesters are on the streets of several cities of the US, reminding the world about the history of racism.

On March 7, 1965, when protesters stood up after the killing of Jammie Lee Jackson by the Police, they started a march from Selma (Alabama) to the Capital Montgomery. On their way to Capital, they were attacked by the State troopers. This particular incident of March 7 is known in history as “Bloody Sunday” of US civil rights.
Two days after the “Bloody Sunday” there was another march led by Martin Luther King Jr. on the same path, the state troopers attacked again, but this time the protesters knelt and prayed.

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The Great American filter of "Black & White"
The Great American filter of “Black & White”

55 years later, the killing of George Floyd, somewhere, in the heart of unknown history, same protests were carried out. This reminded that how less the societies progress within an evolved nation.

Martin Luther King Jr. was an activist whose contribution to the Civil Rights Movement is remarkable in American history.
He once said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”
The same has been happening after the death of George Floyd. The people are trying to bend the arc. The only difference is that the arc is now made-up of Gold with Diamonds around it. Difficult to bend such a precious arc.

The street where Floyd spoke his last words “I can’t breathe” is now firing those words the loudest, with an extreme situation of violence.

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “A riot is the language of Unheard.”

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Black & White filter of the US has a long shot to the past, majorly two incidents of American history are impacting the world of racism presently.

American Civil War (1861-1865). It was the time period of the war among the races. America consisted of 34 states at that period with 15 slave states.
This situation created Slave Patrols. Slave Patrols had the only work of controlling the slaves (majorly black people). The patrols had the Police officers in them.
A threat of Police began in the slaves, the threat that soon turned into a movement.

1704 saw the creation of these patrols with South Carolina being the first and by the end of the century, every state consisted of such Slave Patrols.
This situation lasted for 150 years and ended with South’s loss in the Civil War and the 13th Amendment in the US constitution which outlawed Slavery.

Twenty years after the Civil war ended, the world saw the passage of Jim Crow’s Laws, that enforced racial segregation in the Southern states. It was enforceable by the police which again threw anger amongst the blacks against the police.
This law lasted till 1964.

In 1955, 14-year-old Emmett Till from Chicago planned on visiting relatives in Mississippi.
In a grocery store Till was accused of making remarks on a white woman.
Till was kidnapped and killed, and his body was thrown on the roads.
The police caught the accused. Woman’s husband and his half-brother. But later, they were acquitted by an all-white jury.

Many such incidents have been showing up in recent years, even centuries after the Civil War.
Rodney King was killed on March 3 1991 by LAPD officers that resulted in LA riots.

15 years after the LA riots, Troy Davis was killed. The death of Troy was the saddest reality that the US faced as it happened after Barack Obama won the presidential elections of 2008. The world thought that the winning of a black president brought the much needed fundamental change in the American society, but the death of Troy shattered the “Dreams They Had”

Hashtag #BlackLivesMatter trended after the February 26, 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old. The trend has not been broken until now.
The killing of George Floyd has given the US a chance to bring the change and wipe off the stains of Black & White.

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