Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Et Al.: A survey of emergent grassroots protests & public perceptions of justice

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African American Studies


This paper re-examines the essence of the annual federal holiday that is observed each January to mark the birthday of the late great civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Posing and answering the question, "what is Justice," the paper weighs in on "Justice" and recent cases of extra-judicial killings of unarmed black men in the United States, examines the mass protests caused by those killings, and the reactions of civic, educational and political leaders. It also analyzes how the American public reacted, through public opinion surveys, to contemporary incidents of extra-judicial killings of unarmed black men in the United States. The paper also reviews international interventions in these matters, such as positions taken by certain organs of the United Nations. The paper identifies and examines a sample of proposals for improving relations between law-enforcement and minority communities, and concludes with the author's own suggested remedy.

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