Ideally, racism elicits hatred and distrust and precludes any try to apprehend its sufferers. The term refers to political, financial, or prison facilities and structures that practice or perpetuate racism, or wealth and interests, education, fitness, civil rights, and other areas (Amis, Mair, and Munir2020). Racial discrimination can be understood as a belief that one race is superior or inferior to other (Haslanger, 2017). It is not a yesterday’s thing; instead, it has long roots since ages still witnessed in the modern era. Therefore, we can give an excellent descriptive explanation of racism (Bishop, 2020) as to refer to the acts, social beliefs, relations, and phenomena aimed at reproducing a racial hierarchy and social structure that yield superiority, power, and privileges for some and discrimination against others, expressing oppression of the minority.
Racial discrimination will occur daily in our society through the acts of racial categories people create. Unjust actions against persons you define as not of your color will always be argued as acts of racism. The word Negro, used in the past to referring blacks in the USA, raised concerns over its discriminative nature against black society (Spruill, 2016). In modern society, the police have been accused of acts of racism as they appear to torture, blame, and even kill them in acts of law. There has no vicinity to cover, no area to be secure virtually. Throughout the United States, blacks live in fear of law enforcement officers with guns that monitor their behavior, attack them on the streets and at home, and kill them for a slight provocation.Research set to address acts of police brutality, and how they make great scenes across the society, we live in using theoretical comparison to this argument (Bryant‐Davis et al. 2017). A good illustration of the recent black live matter accruing from the killing of George Floyd describes the acts of police in humanity.
Murder in the sun in the streets of Minneapolis, Minnesota, committed by law enforcers. Police officer Chauvin was charged with both second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. With second-degree murder being unintentional murder, that does not include a separate felony conviction. The second accusation of manslaughter comes from negligence or unreasonable risk. The evidence presented by the jury was that says that 46 years old George Floyd was called to the police after a convenience store man accused him of buying counterfeit notes. The police molested Floyd, pinning him with a knee to the ground till he was unconscious after he resisted the arrest with claims of being claustrophobic. On arrival at a local hospital, Floyd was pronounced dead. Three police officers were accused of being filmed by cameras as the one police committed this crime. Evidence provided said that pass byes were gazing as the victim cried for help from the victimization he was facing from the police to no rescue.
The acts gained good mass attention with protests emerging across all cities in the USA and many countries in the world, and a good slogan of black lives matter arose with calls for equal treatment among all races. The jury ruled thirty-year detention of the accused in this case. With a unique juxtaposition, council members tried to disappoint the police by preparing for riots against the increased number of police killing black people. The case of Floyd explains and narrates a clear depiction of humanity surrounding police inhumanity across most parts of the USA. Scholars have given proof of crimes in such a manner to explain criminology from the past.
Routine activity theory defines a criminal case theory that focuses on explaining why people commit crimes and their motives, rather than how criminal cases occur (Clarke & Felson 2017). Routine activity theory suggests that the organization of daily activities in society creates opportunities for crime. Situational responses to changing social conditions routinely affect people’s response to community crime. A situation model that tends to explain how crime occurs in society. Criminal activity is said to be caused by the convergence of motivated criminals, the right targets, and the lack of guardians. It was originally used to explain the passage of time in criminal tendencies. This theory has been increasingly used to understand and prevent criminal issues. Researchers have used different methods to test hypotheses derived from theory (Felson, 2016). Since its inception, the theory is closely linked to a set of theories and perspectives known as environmental criminology, focusing on the importance of opportunities in determining the temporal and spatial distribution of crime. Environmental criminology, especially the theory of everyday life, has very practical implications for prevention. Therefore, practitioners apply Routine Activity Theory to inform police practices and preventive strategies.Victimization by a motivated crime practitioner expressed in The case of Floyd portrays the cop as a good motivated performer to the acts of victimizing Floyd as the other cops watch and look as it is a common act in the modern-day (Felson, 2016). The fact that the passerby could not help gives the cop a good site to commit the crime for lack of guard ship as poor [ported by the theory of routine activity theory (Felson, 2016). The case illustrates the scholar’s arguments that situational activities and occurrences have triggered the occurrence of criminal activities in society. When applied at the individual level, everyday activity approaches are generally bullied by explaining how a person’s daily life (lifestyle) interacts with crime-promoting situations. The purpose is to explain why you are insulted.The idea is that crime results from humans’ normal behavior, of how offenders and sufferers pass about their everyday lives. Basing the argument on the facts presented regarding George Floyd, it is evident that mass riots were a unique juxtaposition purporting to the increased number of crimes in the cities, streets, and states of the united states of the USA concerning police brutality against black people society. Growing from the colonial era, enslaved people who were basically from a black race were seen as outsiders and unwanted people in society. This has grown in the society over the days where police killing and victimizing blacks seems a norm and a usual occurrence. The acts have grown over time to gain roots, with movements being created against them daily; an example of black lives matter arose just after the death of Floyd to push for justice in a concrete wall.
Crime is not anomalous that requires deep psychological analysis. Instead, the theory states that there must be three elements in order for a crime to occur. First and foremost is an occurrence of a motivated offender; Chauvin plays this role well as he pins Floyd to the ground till death and is accused of second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The inhumanity affirmed by this white cop illustrates how a black person faces victimization and oppression to death for just a minor offense without the power to defend against it. Cohen and Felson simply assume that there is a motivated performer. They don’t care why abusers are motivated. The second factor is that the right target needs to exist. George Floyd was the victim of this situation because of his death as a result of Chauvin’s police atrocities. And the other three policemen. Third, the lack of a guard ship; the fact that Chauvin is a cop gives him a shield in committing the crime as the law provides shelter for those who ensure its enforcement.
In conclusion, the acts of crime surrounding police brutality be common in the community. It is sad to see racial discrimination as one of the causes of death to members of society who are oppressed by the opposite or major race. This is a call that beckons to the theory of routine activities theory, which illustrates how acts committed in society have developed to haunt the members of the same society. Racial discrimination is against humanitarian acts, and calls like black life matters need to be pushed to kill these growing ill-hearted activities.
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