Modern day discrimination in the US

Discrimination against African Americans

Discrimination against African Americans is still common in American society. Statistically, they are more likely to be targeted by the police and in recent years a number of unlawful or unfair police shootings of African Americans have been followed by rallies organized by groups such as Black Lives Matter. Furthermore, more African Americans than white citizens struggle economically and on average they receive poorer education.

These issues gained media and social attention after the African American man Michael Treyvon was shot in 2012, and protests intensified after the 2013 acquittal of the man who shot him. The Fergusson shooting in 2014 (an incident in which the police killed Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager) also brought the issue of police discrimination to national attention.

These incidents were followed by an online campaign against racial discrimination (in Treyvon Martin's shooting case) and riots and peaceful protests against police discrimination of ethnic minorities in the US (in the Ferguson shooti...

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