Police brutality, murder, assault, racial violence, school shootings
Gun control is a controversial topic in America. Though I’m not sure why as the definition merely means the regulation of the selling, owning and use of guns.
America has 4.4% of the world’s population, but almost half of the civilian owned guns globally. This would be fine if gun control was in place. But regulations are severely lacking.
Despite the high volume of guns, America does not have an influx in crime in general, compared to other Western countries. They do however have an influx in lethal violence, largely due to guns.
We could talk about American police shooting unarmed black people and how as a black person you’re almost 3x more likely to be killed (not arrested, murdered) by police than a white person.
We could talk about how 30% of black victims were unarmed compared to 19% of white victims. But we know the Blue Klux Klan is a racist institution upheld by white supremacy and shielded from justice by an equally corrupt legal system.
“American police kill about 1,000 people every year. Adjusted for population, that body count is five times higher than that in Sweden, 30 times higher than that in Germany, and 100 times higher than that in the United Kingdom.”
I’d like to talk about the other group of white people killing Black kids in America: students.
Black students make up 16.6% of the school population, but experience school shootings at 2x the rate. While the majority of shooters are white, the bulk of school shootings occur in schools where minorities are the majority.
55% of school shooters are white. While 17% are Black, 8% are Latino, 7% are Asian, 2% are Indigenous, 11% are either unknown, unclear, or another race.
In 160 active shooters incidents the shooter was male in 154 of them. The shooter was female in less than 4% of incidents.
The Next Step
This is a specifically WHITE MALE problem and they need to be held accountable to the full extent of the law. The median age of a school shooter is 16. These are not children, they’re people on the verge of adulthood who know right from wrong. They know what it means to end someone else’s life.
Likewise, police need to be held accountable as well. Defunding the police is part of the solution, but better training and recruiting methods are also needed. This should be paired with harsher repercussions for harming civilians, especially if it results in death.
I’d love to know…
If you’re a Black American, what do you think of all this?
To all Americans, what was your first school shooting drill like?
Question of the Week
Should the internet be selectively censored?
Studies have proven that exposure to certain forms of online content leads to an increased likelihood to dehumanize a specific group of people or even commit violent acts against them. Two significant examples to point to are violent porn and hate crimes. What are your thoughts on online censorship for some types of content? Should censorship exist? If so, who controls it, and to what extent? Can we trust them to remain ethical with this control? If not, how do we justify the harm that comes to people as a result of a lack of censorship? Who would be most negatively impacted and why?
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