david_dukesBy EMILY MORAN
Special to The Star

In the wake of the Charleston shooting, Ferguson and the other untimely deaths of Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Cameron Tillman, VonDerrit Myers Jr., Qusean Whitten, to only name a few,

one must question how far Civil Rights movement has brought America.

What seems to be an open season on black bodies today in the United States has lead to unrest; however, mainstream media portrays individuals who publicly display their pain and disapproval of state-sanctioned as “thugs” who instigate “riots”.

These manipulative characterizations are normalized, and they decontextualize and derail efforts made to combat these injustices. The way American media engages with these issues often if not always dismisses the message and meaning from the civil unrest arising in many communities of color.

The wave of resistance in African American communities is a response to violence continually imposed onto them. However, corporate media continues
to seek endless reasons to dehumanize the victims of structural racialized violence, placing more value on property than black lives. These strategic choices to suppress black voices are one of the many reasons why now is a significant time to reflect on the Civil Rights movement and the leaders that
arose from the events that lead to the movement.

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