Race Relations from 2010-2015  

Race relations in the 2010-2015 have changed in some ways since the race relations during the Civil Rights Movement. The terrorist attacks in 2001 changed many of the previous racial tensions. African American racism was taken out of the spotlight and replace with muslims. In 2009, America had its first African American president, President Barack Obama. Years later the racial tensions  with the Civil Rights Movement would come right back again. The generation of Anti-immigrant Movement and Racial profiling would start.

Anti- Immigrant Movement

In April 2010, An act was passed by the state of Arizona. Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act this act gave state law enforcement officers the right to determine an individual's immigration status during a "lawful stop, detention or arrest", when there is reasonable suspicion that the individual is an illegal immigrant. This act was one of the  broadest and strictest anti-illegal immigration measures in a long time. This Act sparked protests across the state of Arizona and surrounding states.

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Trayvon Martin

The first death to really bring attention to racial profiling in  the 2000's America is was the shooting of Trayvon Martin. On February 26, 2012 a unarmed 17 year old boy was shot and killed by George Zimmerman who was neighborhood watch coordinator in Sanford, FL. It was believed that Zimmerman killed Trayvon because he was African American. Zimmerman was arrested and bought to trial. The case was called  Florida v. George Zimmerman. On July 13, 2013, he was acquitted of second-degree murder in Florida. Protests and riots broke out all across the nation when Zimmerman was not found guilty.

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Michael Brown

About 2 years later on August 9, 2014, 18-year old unarmed African American male named Michael Brown was stopped for jaywalking. He would refused to get into the police car and shot 6 times by a police officer, Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. Michael Brown's body was left on the road for 4 hours. Not too long after, Darren Wilson was bought into custody. On August 20, 2014 the court case State of Missouri vs Darren Wilson. On November 24, 2014, it was announced that the grand jury had found Wilson not guilty. The verdict and the shooting sparked unrest within Ferguson. Protests, both peaceful and violent, along with vandalism and looting, continued for more than a week, resulting in night curfews. The Michael Brown case bought light to the problem of excessive force by the police called police brutality.

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Freddie Gray and the Baltimore riots

On April 12, 2015, Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old African American, was taken into custody by the Baltimore Police Department after being stopped for possession of a switchblade. While being transported, Gray fell into a coma and was taken to a trauma center with injuries to his spinal cord. Six Baltimore police officers were suspended without pay. Gray's death resulted in an ongoing series of protests and civil disorder. A major protest in downtown Baltimore on April 25, 2015, turned violent, resulting in 34 arrests and injuries to 15 police officers. 15 buildings were burned down and looted.

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Key Terms:

- Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act

-Florida v. George Zimmerman

-State of Missouri vs Darren Wilson

-Police Brutality

- Freddie Gray

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