The uproar which transpired from the death of George Floyd, has caused individuals to protest online to counter the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement with ‘All Lives Matter.’
The mistreatment of those with a different skin colour has always been a issue and, unfortunately, it is something we are going to have to phase out ourselves and the generations to come if we hope to fully eradicate the disease that is racism.
As a species, overall, we haven’t treat each other equally. That’s a fact. We’d like to think we have, as the human race, but we haven’t. In the 20th century, we had the apartheid, a system of institutionalised racial segregation that existed in South Africa and South West Africa which favoured whites over other non-white ethnic minorities.
But let’s fast forward to more recent times.
Black Lives Matter
The Black Lives Matter movement, which lies on an ideological and politicial intervention foundation, did not start when George Floyd died on May 25, 2020. It only resurfaced. BLM actually started back in 2013, after George Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges in the relation of Trayvon Martin’s death in 2012.
Since then, it has gained ground to become a well known organisation in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada with the aim to fight against violence and racial inequality for the Black community.
Since the unfortunate death of Floyd, the organisation has only gained in popularity and raised more awareness for racial inequality.
In data collected by Statista, a statistics provider, they have been able to highlight the racial inequality in the US.
Use of force
With force tactics, used by the Minneapolis Police Department, which ranged from gunpoint display to body-weight pins, which caused the death of Floyd. It was shown that those with a black background had more run-ins with the police using force against them compared to any other ethnicity (64.2% on average).
US Police shootings
Although, those from a White background had the higher total death count, with 2,499 people dying from police shootings. Those of a Black ethnic background had the highest death count per million in the US, with 31 deaths per million.
Highest ethnicity protesting racial equality
In the table below, it was shown those aged 18-29 from a White background, attended more protests for racial police reform and an end to systematic racism, between May and June. While, only 22% of those attended were Hispanic, 17% Black and 8% Asian.
Understandably, those are US figures. So, let’s have a look the UK statistics.
The Home Office, earlier this year, released documents with regards to our country’s policing statistics which ranged from overall policing to prison and custody incidents. Despite the fact those with a White background were more likely to have force used against them, the Black community are more likely to be stop-searched under the Section 60 legislation.
Stop and search
In the Home Office report, There were 375,588 people recorded to have been stopped and searched by the police in between 2018 and 2019, of which 187,761 were White and 70,648 were Black.
In a comparison to the population, this meant for every 1,000 people stopped, 4 people were White and 38 were Black.
However, there were instances where section 60 was used during this time – which allows officers to stop and search, without reasonable grounds, even if no crime is being committed. It was reported 13,083 of these searches were conducted between 2018/19 and 2,669 of those involved were White and 4,858 incidents involved were Black. This figure was the highest out of all the ethnic groups involved with the legislation.
Use of force
Defined by using tactics such as restraint measures and batons etc. it was reported that the police used 632,000 force tactics in 428,000 incidents during 2018/19. Of which, 299,000 incidents were perceived to be against a White individual and while 67,000 of incidents were involved with someone with a Black ethnicity. However, there is an outlier. It was reported that 1,400 incidents did not report an ethnicity and 14,000 incidents were the officer did not know the subject’s ethnic background.
All Lives Matter
I will agree, all lives do matter. However, why should we say ‘all lives matter’ when ethnic minorities are being treat worse than others? Why should we watch videos on YouTube, Facebook or Instagram of those being mistreated and do nothing? Someone’s skin colour should not define who they are. We all bleed the same, we all contain the same bodily organs. We are the same. All lives matter when all minorities matter.
It’s the 21st century, do something and unite together against racism.