Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race


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On New Year’s day this year, a young man by the name of Oscar Grant was shot and killed by an officer in Oakland, California. Officers responded to call about a fight that had been taking place on a train coming from San Francisco. The officers detained Grant and several other passengers on the platform. One of the white officers who was restraining an unarmed Grant, drew his gun and shot him in the back. Footage of the incident was captured by other passengers on their cells phones and it was quickly disseminated to the media even though the officers on the platform tried to retrieve any cell phone in site following the shooting. The officer who shot grant claimed that he had been reaching for his taser and he was later arrested and charged with murder. Following this incident there was a lot of protests in the Oakland community. I remember at the time that this happened I had just started one of my African-American studies class and the question on everyone’s mind then was whether or not it was racially motivated. Honestly, I don’t know where to start but considering the area and the mentality that police officers have especially in California, it wouldn’t be a shock if this was. You know what I think it was. It really saddens me that this had to happen all because of the racialized society we live in. Secondly, how is it that this has never been broadcast in the media? Had I not been taking AFA I would’ve never heard about this.

Footage of the shooting can be found on all over youtube:


Written by mdjust07

October 3, 2009 at 9:33 pm

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  1. Oh wow. This is unbelievable. I think it does have something to do with race because it is a stereotype that black men carry guns wherever they go. But the police didnt have to shoot the man. He was unarmed.


    October 3, 2009 at 11:13 pm

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