There are various numbers of social inequalities
that face our society today. Social inequality is the existence of unequal
opportunity for a different social position within a group or society. There
are several different dimensions within social inequality such as, sexual
orientation, race and ethnicity along with income & gender discrimination.
Unfair racial stereotypes have
rooted deep into the hearts of people. They cause us to react to others
differently in common places such as the mall, the streets, and essentially encounters between the police
and citizens. Police brutality is the abuse of authority by the unwarranted
infliction of excessive force by personnel involved in law enforcement while
performing their official duties. The precise job of an officer is to maintain public order and protect and prevent crime.
However, police engage in unjustified fatal shootings, harsh beatings and
The Washington Post tracked police
killings in 2015 and discovered that police officers killed black people at a
rate of three times higher than white people. More than 1,307 people lost their
life to the hands of a police officer. Every year the number of fatal shootings
increase. Race is suspected to play a role in the shooting of Michael Brown.
Brown was an unarmed 18 year old African American male who was shot and killed
by white officer Darren Wilson. The jury found no probable cause to charge Wilson.
Protests all around the country were made by those who felt Wilson was not
sufficiently held accountable for unjustified shooting of Michael Brown. A week
later an even more upsetting incident occurred. Confronted by police trying to
arrest him for allegedly selling illegal cigarettes, Eric Garner raised both
hands in the air and, with passive defiance, told the officers not to touch
him. Seconds later, the officer behind him grabbed and put Garner in a
chokehold and pulled him to the sidewalk, forcefully rolling him onto his
can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!” Garner said repeatedly screamed, his
cries muffled into the pavement. He pleaded eleven times for breath. He
unfortunately passed that very evening. Mr. Garner’s final words — “I can’t breathe” — became a
rallying cry for a protest movement, BLM also known as Black Lives Matter.
Another social inequality that
happens often is wage inequalities. This often occurs along gender lines and
race. White men earn more than both male and black females, white women,
Hispanics and more. Women who work at the same place with the same position as
men are being paid significantly less compared to male workers. In fact, women
only make 79 cents for each dollar earned by men. . Statistics show that women are about twice as likely
as men to say they had been discriminated against at work because of their
gender (18% vs. 10%). According to AAUW, the American
Association of University of Women, they released a study that showed that women are
expected to reach pay equity with men in 2059. Furthermore, both men and women see inequalities in
the workplace – 77% of women and 63% of men said “this country needs to
continue making changes to give men and women equality in the workplace,”
according to a 2014 Pew Research Center survey.