A can be found in any cultures

April 1, 2019 Law

A stereotype is defined as a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person, this action has been going on for generations upon generations and has blotted across our history pages, and made its lasting mark, this is nothing entirely new and can be found in any cultures historical background. In 1735 the famous naturalist Carl Linnaeus, published his famous Systema Naturae, where he classified the Homo sapiens into 5 categories. “…After: Black, pneumatic, sluggish, relaxed, hair black, frizzled, nose flat, lips tumid, crafty, indolent, negligent, Anoints himself with grease, ruled by caprice and impulse. Europaeus: White, sanguine (cheerful), muscular, hair yellow, brown, flowing eyes, blue gentle, acute, inventive, covert with cloths vestments. Ruled by custom and law…” (27)Given these two descriptions, Carl Linnaeus was clearly stereotyping the different people of two of the five known continents at the time with these characteristics. Sadly, 283 years later, this action of stereotyping is continuous and rather, more latent than ever. Even worse, some of these stereotypes have continued to be believed today, though there has been some resistance towards the subject. Black Lives Matter is an international activist movement, originating in the African-American community that campaigns against violence and systematic racism towards black people. In 2013, the movement was inspired by the use of the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter on social media after the shooting of an unarmed teenage boy, Trayvon Martin, and the following acquittal of the culprit, George Zimmerman. In 2014, two more shootings of unarmed African American teenagers was reported and the movements response got them nationally recognized for its street demonstrations. By the summer of the following year, the Black Lives Matter activists were involved in the presidential elections of 2016, expanding their project into a national network of 30 local chapters between the years 2014 and 2016. Although they are a decentralized network, and have no formal hierarchy, they continue to leave their mark today.
Mainstream America dehumanizes black people. In the novel braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone, Brené Brown stated “In order for slavery to work, in order for us to buy, sell, beat, and trade people like animals, Americans had to completely dehumanize slaves. And whether we directly participated in that or were simply a member of a culture that at one time normalized that behavior, is shaped us. We can’t undo that level of dehumanizing in one or two generations. I believe Black Lives Matter is a movement to rehumanize black citizens. All lives matter, but not all lives need to be pulled back into moral inclusion. Not all people were subjected to the psychological process of demonizing and being made less than human so we could justify the inhumane practice of slavery.” This quote describes the Black Lives Matter activists motive. The Black Lives Matter movement today is really a connection to not only the present injustices but to the historical injustices that have continued since then. The movement is meant to reverse the image of African Americans as the pneumatic, sluggish, negligent, people who are ruled by caprice and impulse and to replace that with the strong, important, powerful people that they have shown to be today. This is why the original people who proclaimed the hashtag of Black Lives Matter had refuted the following movements such as Blue Lives Matter, the movement to protect the police officers, and All Lives Matter, which protects people of all colors. They refute these because they misinterpret the reasoning of this movement, and don’t hold as much history that the African Americans have gone through.
African Americans are constantly profiled. Even if the law is not obviously as racially charged as it once was. Yet, conflicts with the law, there often do have at least some traces of racial profiling. They are enforced with constraining and suffocating rules, instilled even as a child, because being racially profiled can begin from there.

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