Anti-Black Violence Anti-black violence is a horrific part of American history. I think it is important to address this issue because violence against African American population is still happening nowadays. I am raising the topic of anti-black violence because in my opinion, this chapter of the history was not finished with the end of slavery as many of us believe, and I have witnessed it myself. Based on my experience and after having read The Autobiography of Malcolm X, I think it’s important to be united as a society against whoever commits or supports violence against African Americans.
Having learned from the history, we all know that the violence against black people had started from the slavery period in 16th century. The Africans got kidnapped, tortured, and treated as non-human beings on their way to be sold as objects to the new masters in the new land of America. Millions of African slaves, who have been treated as animals without any right or any voice, died in the way to the new slavery land because of inhumane conditions in the transferring ships. They had no medical treatment, no food or even place to sleep; placed on overcrowded ships full of slaves you tube video).
African slaves have suffered the violence since then; however, the cruelest violence against black population was from the mid-19th to the early 20th century. African Americans have been lynched, tortured to death, doused with gasoline and set on a fire. In my opinion, the case of Malcolm Ax’s father, Earl Little, is a very clear example of anti-black violence on the of early 20th century. Malcolm X describes his father’s death in his autobiography, “Negroes in Lansing have always whispered that he was attacked, and then laid across some tracks for a streetcar to UN over him.
His body was cut almost in half” (Haley and X 10). This description illustrates how cruel and savage the anti-black violence was in America at that times. Malcolm Ax’s father was attacked Just for his black skin color and his political believes of equality. The anti-black attacks still happen from time to time nowadays, and we can’t forget about the incident of the 17 years old African American boy Martin Travel who got deadly shot by a white 28 years old man called George Zimmerman. The white man claimed that while he was guarding his gated community, he saw a suspicious young black male around the place.
He called the police, who advised him not to follow the young African American boy; however, Zimmerman followed the young Martin and shot him in the chest claiming that it was self-defense. However, it was George Zimmermann DNA, not Martin’s found on the gun. (Musk’s web). That illustrates that the claim of self-defense is getting questionable. Hence the question rises, if it were a white young 17 years boy in Martin’s place, would Mr… Zimmerman see him as a suspicious person and call the police and ignore the police’s advice not o follow him and end up killing unarmed boy as a self-defense.
Yes, there are not a lot of anti-black violence incidents reported in the present time, however, as a society we need to face and work with each other to stand against those who support the violence. In addition to admitting the presence of anti-black violence in our society, I think it is also very important for our society to recognize, admit, and respect the violence against these people. I strongly believe that we, as a society, need to stand united against every race crime, not only against African American, but also against NY part of the American social fabric.
I have learned very important lessons through my personal experience of anti-black violence. The first lesson I have learned is about getting united with the same people that suffer the same threat I face. I also learned that it is more beneficial to gather with the group of people who share the same interests and try to defend ourselves. I experienced how hard, unfair, and terrified it can be to be in a place where you are being targeted by others for Just the color of your skin.
I was in Moscow, Russia, 8 years ago, and I was a student of one of heir famous university, ranked 3rd nationwide, called The Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia where the majority of students are foreigners. I had classmates from all around the world and some of them were Africans. Being of African descent, we felt that we were closer to each other and we were even members of African club in the University. I remember one day when I came to the class and saw one of my African friend in a very bad condition with swollen face and head bandage.
I asked what had happened to him, and he responded that he was on his way to the dorm he night before when he got attacked by a group of people who were waiting near the dorm for any foreign student. They hit him in his head with a steal bar, that he fell down then they kicked him hardly for more than 10 minutes. He stated that it was a group of “skin heads”. I asked who they were, and he said that they were a group of Slavonic white supremacist targeting colored skinned individual and attacking them as they believe that they did not belong to the Slavonic land of Russia and they need to leave.
I was shocked, and I started to feel that everyone in the street could attack e. All the members in the African club in the University met and decided to involve all the other students in the University, to create unity, and to ask the University to provide more security around the campus and dorms for the students safety. Furthermore, we asked the University to follow up with the police department and to arrest this group of shaved head Slavonic who attacked my African friend. We had solidarity and a tremendous supports from all the students in the University, even from the other Universities in the city and we got everything we wanted.
Five days eater, the Slavonic supremacist group was arrested. During this time we learned how important is to stay united and to support each other. We started to walk in a group of at least 3 people or more to avoid being alone. This experience taught me the meaning and the power of unity. I strongly believe that you won’t get what you need, unless you ask for it. I believe that we, as the society, need to become more educated and aware about the history of the anti-black violence and get more involved. The more people gets involved, the more voices rise against the violence.
For instance, owing back to the incident of the young African American boy Tramway, the white man who killed him was not arrested until after many people protested for weeks and demanded to arrest him. The author of the article ‘Gorge Zimmermann, DNA, not Tramway Martins, found on gun’ states: “Zimmerman was not arrested the night of the shooting. After weeks of protests about that fact, a special prosecutor charged Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, with second-degree murder”. This statement shows that the pressure of the protesters and the involvement of the crimes and who think to be involved in them.
The message comes from people to the society that we are equal and we need our kids to learn and to believe on that fact. Before I read the Autobiography of Malcolm X, I looked at the anti-black violence only as a crime with a simple definition that someone committed a crime against others, and I did not pay attention of what skin color the victim was or who committed that murder. Even in Moscow, when I experienced the violence against my African friend, I learned the lesson of unity and who the power of groping could create a pressure to achieve what the group who gathered needed to do.
But after I have read The Autobiography of Malcolm X, I have another vision to the racial crimes. But it’s also crucial to differentiate the true racial crimes as anti-black violence or any violence against any minority in the society, from the imaginary racial case. For instance, someone who is trying to hide his guilt of getting involved in crimes or drugs, or prostitution, or any kind of crimes that harm the society by making up a story that he got beaten by the policeman during the arrest by stating that the case was made up and act of violence happened because of his skin color.
In this case, the society needs o investigate more about the potential victim before asking for solidarity and organizing protests or marshes, so that the case is real and people do not misuse the power of solidarity. It is crucial, because, if the society notes that they were being used to free a guilty person or a criminal they won’t support again, and the case of the racial crime is made up Just to run from guilt.
The second point about the anti- black violence is that it has its roots in the history in the American culture and had started hundreds of years ago. It needed to be treated firmly by keeping those who omitted the violence accountable by law not by violence, and also to educate and inform our children about the history of African American population who suffered and had been mistreated, and it’s very important to pass the message of regret and apology to the African American population.
Anti-black violence is a horrific part of the American history. It has started by the slavery period in 16th century and continues until present time. The cruelties against the blacks, lynching and torturing African Americans were not considered a crime until early 20th century. I wrote about the anti-black violence because racial crimes continue doodads. It is also important to pass the apologizing message to the Africans American population.
I have learned from my personal experience of witnessing racial crime that it is very powerful to keep unity against the criminals. My understanding of anti-black violence before reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X was looking at it as a regular crime and I was not able to differentiate between the racial crimes and nonracial crimes. Stopping the anti-black violence or any violence against any other race is the responsibilities of the entire society not only that particular group or race the victims belong to.