Do Black Lives Matter in Texas?

Viral videos that feature police brutality of Black youth serve as substantial proof of what has been going on for decades. Calling attention to past media coverage of incidents like the assault on Rodney King brings into question why other names are still becoming representations of movements. Then it was Rodney King and the L.A. Riots, now it is Trayvon Martin and the Black Lives Matter movement. Many names later and after many viral videos spread, it appears that this brutality is still prevalent, but not simply because it continues on in American communities, but it appears to be more prevalent because of the media. What might be seen as different in the police brutality cases is that One thing that national perpetuates is stories that appear in the Southern states, and more recently the hub of most viral videos about police brutality of black lives has been in Texas.

One of the cases that caught media attention was the “McKinney Texas pool party” incident where a White police officer is seen pinning down a 14-year-old black child with excessive force. Another more recent case in Texas was when a student, Gyasi Hughes was a victim of excessive force by police officers at a high school in Round, Rock Texas. While there is the problem of police brutality and assault with Black adults, there is an even more disconcerting problem with Black children and police brutality. Black children are often depicted in the media as adults and not as innocent when compared with police interactions depicted in the media with White children. While I have yet to find data that counts each police brutality incident, the ones we have seen in the media as in the cases I mentioned previously are just examples of when Black lives were abused but not killed, and if the numbers were to be counted for every occurrence of abuse by police they would exceed the number of murders. There has been plenty of controversy surrounding the number of deaths by police that are reported, and several news outlets have addressed the fact that there is not a completely accurate count of Black lives lost by the police, and therefore not an accurate count of Black lives if children that have been lost. The number they have collected are an indicator of why the media often chooses Texas based police brutality incidents to share on a national scale. Most articles on police brutality take their data from the FBI count last issued in 2012 which also does not give completely up to date counts of lives lost today. While not every case of police brutality can be recorded, the loss of lives in Texas makes a statement about the need for changes in the system. The fact that there is a controversy about the data not being complete also highlights a problem with the priorities of police administration.


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