The student news site of Oxford College of Emory University

The Oxford Spokesman

Filed under Showcase, Student Life

The Black Student Alliance Police Brutality Vigil

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






As ofmaya right now, police officers have shot and killed 772 people in 2016. The Washington Post has dedicated its resources to scouring “news reports, public records, social media and other sources” to arrive at this total. Before the conclusion of this piece, the number is sure to rise. 772. For a conflict to be labeled as a war, the formal literature dictates that the total number of battlefield deaths must reach 1,000. On October 21, 2016, the force that has been sanctioned by the state to perpetrate legal violence against people in the country have almost killed enough people for the United States of America to be considered a war zone.

For black and brown bodies injordan the United States, a war is already being waged. In 2016, police officers killed at least 300 black peopdujonle in the country. According to the data, black people are three times more likely to be killed by police than white people. In 2015, 30% of the black victims who were murdered by police officers were unarmed. This is in comparison to the 19% of white, unarmed people that police officers murdered during that year. These statistics are unacceptable. When analyzed through the lens of implicit biases, outright racism, inadequate police training, and a lack of responsibility and accountability on the part of the police departments who have been tasked with protecting and serving the public, there is a lot to be angry about.

The Black Student Alliance of Oxford College held a vigil to highlight this human problem. On Monday night, students, faculty, community members, and staff members gathered together to mourn, commiserate, uplift, and shed light on the lives that have been lost. Maya Foster, president of BSA, had this to say concerning the vigil:alexa

“BSA decided to hold a vigil because we believe in the power of unity. We wanted to publicly acknowledge the state sanctioned violence that has been perpetrated against members of the black community recently. We also wanted to make it known that while we wanted to include students of color in the program, we value the love and support we have received from our nonblack allies. The allies in this event gave BSA the opportunity to show that we are a club full of diverse members who are willing to stand in solidarity against any form of injustice. The vigil meant a lot to me personally because I could physically see all the support and love I have here at dean-moonOxford. The vigil gave me a space to be open and honest with my feelings, especially the feelings of pain I have been feeling as a black person in America today. The most beautiful part of the vigil was the end during the candlelight portion where everyone lit the candle of another attendee. We were all able to share a beautiful moment together under the sound of Dujon Curtis’ voice. It was truly an incredible event. I am very thankful.”

To everyone who participated and attended the event, the Black Student Alliance extends the utmost gratitude to you. We will march on until victory is won.

 

 

http://mappingpoliceviolence.org/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/national/police-shootings-2016/

Print Friendly

1 Comment

One Response to “The Black Student Alliance Police Brutality Vigil”

  1. killedbypolice on October 22nd, 2016 10:20 am

    At least 933 people have been killed by U.S. police since January 1, 2016.
    At least 1,208 were killed in 2015.
    At least 1,112 were killed in 2014.
    At least 4,028 have been killed since May 1, 2013,
    the day this list was created: killedbypolice.net

    [Reply]

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




*

Navigate Right
Navigate Left
  • The Black Student Alliance Police Brutality Vigil

    Showcase

    Television Crew Films on Oxford’s Campus

  • The Black Student Alliance Police Brutality Vigil

    Entertainment

    Oscars 2017: Highlights

  • The Black Student Alliance Police Brutality Vigil

    Entertainment

    The BTS on BTS

  • The Black Student Alliance Police Brutality Vigil

    Editorials

    The Death Of America

  • The Black Student Alliance Police Brutality Vigil

    Entertainment

    Review: Hidden Figures

  • The Black Student Alliance Police Brutality Vigil

    Showcase

    A Viewer’s Guide to Super Bowl LI

  • The Black Student Alliance Police Brutality Vigil

    Editorials

    There are thousands of reasons to despair, but millions of reasons to hope

  • The Black Student Alliance Police Brutality Vigil

    Editorials

    Love Note to the Small Moments

  • The Black Student Alliance Police Brutality Vigil

    Entertainment

    Not* Just Another Teen Movie

  • The Black Student Alliance Police Brutality Vigil

    Showcase

    Impact of the Presidential Election On the Sports World

The student news site of Oxford College of Emory University
The Black Student Alliance Police Brutality Vigil