14 signs racism is alive and well in the US

Monday 14 August 2017 09:00
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The Charlottesville protest by 'Unite the Right' was the scene of a death of a young woman when a car was driven into peaceful demonstrators.

Heather Heyer was 32-years-old when a car driven by a white supremacist was driven into her and a crowd of other counter-demonstrators.

The President of the United States then condemned 'violence and bigotry on many sides'.

Shockingly, some people still do not believe America has a problem with racism.

For a country built in the time of slavery, this is not surprising, but some signs of racism in America are more blatant than others:

1. This actually happened

2. Corporations engaging in tokenism for five minutes to solve 'race'

3. Fox News, again.

4. Ghosts are considered to be more common than the racism problem

A higher proportion of white Americans believe they have touched a ghost than those who believe black people experience discrimination.

5. Police brutality is met with support

Two linked GoFundMe fundraising page raised almost $300,000 for the officer accused of shooting Michael Brown six times in Ferguson.

People had their say when they donated...

6. People still saying 'Blacks'

Bill O'Reilly and the worst restaurant review of all time.

7. Cliven Bundy

If I say negro or black boy, or slave, if those people cannot take those kind of words and [not be offended] then Martin Luther King Jr hasn't done his job yet.

Cliven Bundy, a rancher in long dispute with the federal government, was trying to explain an earlier remark "I wonder if negroes weren't better off as slaves".

8. The media

The New York Post actually thought this cartoon, published the month after Barack Obama's inauguration, was a good idea.

9. It's not just the media.

Via: The Washington Post

10. It extends to culture

Students at Kansas State University were expelled in September 2016 for wearing Black Face and posting about it on Snapchat.

Picture: Snapchat (Snapchat)

11. The criminal justice system

Lifetime likelihood of imprisonment for US residents born in 2001:

12. The economy

13. And even the presidential campaigns that came before Trump-Pence.

14. The shooting of Philando Castile

Dashboard camera footage released by Minnesota authorities shows the moment Philando Castile was shot (Picture: YouTube/Ramsey County) (YouTube/Ramsey County)

High-profile shootings occur frequently. One in July 2016 was particularly potent:

Philando Castile, 32, was shot dead by police in Falcon Heights, Minnesota on 6 July 2016.

His girlfriend live-streamed the event's aftermath, showing him covered in blood, saying he was shot as he reached for his driving licence.

During the video, Lavish Reynolds says they were pulled over for a broken rear light.

His shooting followed the death of Alton Sterling, who was shot dead by police on Tuesday in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The death of Sterling, 37, has been protested by hundreds of people already. A video of Sterling being pinned to the ground by police has emerged, and an autopsy showed he died of multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and back.

Officers said they were responding to an anonymous caller who said a man in a red shirt selling music CDs had threatened him with a gun.

More: Show these two headlines to anyone who says America doesn't have a race problem