“Why I Can’t Stand Out in Front of My House?”: A Study About Black Poverty, Oppression, and Police

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As black America remains under an ongoing murderous and unrelenting police occupation, black social scientists have continued performing their much-needed work as the demand for true justice grows by the day.

The list of unarmed black victims (predominantly adult males) who have been killed by police during the previous and current generation is far too long to write in a brief news story. In these countless numbers of cases, police officers (predominantly white males) have even slaughtered black America’s women (Sandra Bland, Texas) and children (Tamir Rice, Ohio).

From 2009 to 2017, a two-term administrative tenure was served by America’s first elected black president (Barack H. Obama, D). However, this historic feat did nothing to usher in genuine racial solidarity between those in the nation’s dominant culture and those who are classified as ethnic minorities. Police continued to kill blacks during events of jailhouse torture, by strangulation, and with fatal gunshots.

Business, as usual, has certainly gone on under the nation’s new presidential administration ran by the Republican who was elected in 2016 (Donald J. Trump). The state-sanctioned slaughter of blacks at the brutal hands of local police is viewed as an urban legend. It has no skin in the political game played by both major parties in the White House and on Capitol Hill.

Fortunately, black scholars, such as Rutger University’s Brooklynn Hitchens remain hard at

work. She is the co-author of a recently published research study, which proves that these deaths and their insurmountable impact on the black community are not a myth at all. The study is titled “Why I Can’t Stand Out in Front of My House?”: Street-Identified Black Youth and Young Adult’s Negative Encounters With Police.

The 22-page report on this study examines black oppression by society-at-large, poverty, and the downright criminal element within America’s primarily white male-dominated local police forces. Hitchens and her two other co-authors also provide the empirical data that is needed to fully understand the impact of black America’s nightmarish reality.

As they say, the Devil is in the details. The hundreds of years that highlight the oppression of blacks in America is nothing short of devilish and vile. Read the entire aforementioned research study by visiting here.