In this slide, the people on the left are peacefully standing outside while the people on the right are climbing a wall to get into the white house. The people on the left are holding pictures of victims while the people on the right are holding pieces of a barricade. This comparison of photos makes me feel uneasy and makes me wonder what the police are doing.
These photos show the difference between the treatment of BLM protesters and trump supporters. In the photo on the left, the BLM protesters were confronted with riot shields and guns while the Trump supporters were getting a free pass to go into the white house. These photos show that they need to reform the justice system and be more equal towards African American citizens.
In the US, being Black is hard. I say this because of the racism in the justice system. America should be an equal and free land, but some people think differently. Some people think that they are better than others. The police in this country are supposed to protect and serve the community, but sometimes power can be handed to the wrong people. This is wrong and no one should be mistreated.
All of this connects to If Beale Street Could Talk because of the way police officers treat black people. In Beale Street Could Talk, Fonny was framed for rape and now, black victims are being shot by police officers around America.
The systemic racism today relates to Baldwin’s words, “Color is not a human or a personal reality; it is a political reality.” Among other things, he’s talking about unfair treatment in the justice system.