Black-Maled: Society’s blame on Black men
From news to social media, the idea of an innocent Black male is becoming less common, no matter their age or level of income. From young boys to even celebrities, Black males are being targeted and blamed for the nation’s issues.
In history, there have been many stereotypes of Blacks and other people of color. The most stereotypical, and most effective, frame is known as Blacks being “dangerous criminals.” This stereotype follows the coat-tails of many males that are trying to live in America. And because of this idea they are the most targeted group when it comes to violence, drugs, and other crimes.
Compared to mid-class and rich whites, people of color receive longer prison sentences for minor drugs charges and other offense. This can be heard in a short documentary narrated by Jay Z that describes how the War on Drugs caused Blacks and Latinos to become the most jailed and imprisoned group. This documentary also gave the reason behind why and how prisons are becoming overcrowded. In a Huffington Post article, there are many factors that come into effect when discussing how Blacks and Latinos make up a high percentage of prisoners, but it can be seen that the relationship between police and people are one of the several main reasons.
However, due to the fact that police often target minority groups for harsh punishments and let whites slide of the same offense, many cases of false convictions are being brought to media attention allowing wrongful convicted males to be released from prison.
MTV added a new show to its Fall lineup that is related to this exact issue. Unlocking the Truth follows Ryan Ferguson, whom is looking for the truth behind real life cases where people were falsely accused of crimes they didn’t commit. Ferguson, himself, is no stranger to this type of investigating; for he also served prison time after being falsely accused of murder.
Throughout the show, Ferguson discusses how many people are affected by this type of false investigating in cases that result in overcrowding in prisons and, most importantly, ruins lives. In a study conducted by two universities, the number of Blacks falsely accused of crimes and convicted are 5 out of 10, of those, 9 out of 10 are male. The fact that many cases of these false convictions are made possible are due to the absence of DNA evidence being used or even found belonging to the defendants in those cases. This and the use of rogue, “bad-cop, good-cop” antics are what produce forced and misconstrued confessions.
Another stereotype of people of color, mostly dealing with Blacks, is the idea of “white women blaming black men” syndrome. From the era of slavery, males would have their genitals cut from their bodies and left to bleed out if there were any speculations of an affair with the slave master’s female family member or wife. The same ideology continues in the event of Emmett Till, whom was violently killed by a group of white men related to the white women Till whistled at while visiting his family in the segregated South. Since the Jim Crow era of American history, the same train of thought amongst a large number of white women continues resulting in many of these cases leading to national news. Thankfully, some cases are revolved with the white “victim” serving prison time for their lies.
The most recent and similar case of this can be seen in the Chris Brown vs Baylee Curran events. The media and new outlets rush to aid in the “victims” side of the story before getting to all the facts of the events that occurred. The reputation of the Black male is tarnished by the media and police until it leaks out or is discovered that the “victim” was actually the one who is at fault or lied under oath. While in the Brown vs Curran case, only the few present during the incident know the real events of the night, but the overall case sounds similar to what other Black males have experienced at the hands of a white “victim.”
The old quote that “History tends to repeat itself” is one that is deep within America. The stereotypes of people of color and discrimination will always be seen in anything that comes out the media. But how do we combat against this? What can we do, as a community, to prevent our future generations form dealing with these same injustices?
Photo caption & credit: #WhenWillTheBlameStop America still has a far ways to go until
everyone is viewed, treated equally, and given equal justice.
http://www.aim.org/special-report/black- criminals-white- victims-and- white-guilt/
http://reason.com/archives/2014/12/08/black-crime- and-police- killings
http://thecrimereport.org/2013/10/03/2013-10- sex-race- and-wrongful- conviction/
http://www.truth-out.org/speakout/item/25848- how-often- do-wrongful- convictions-involve-
http://atlantablackstar.com/2015/01/09/worst-cases- white-people- wrongfully-accusing- black-
http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2016/08/white-lies- a-brief- history-of- white-people-