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Racial Inequality in the United States

 
 
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By Mark Hilton, May 31, 2018
1. Racial Inequality in the United States Marker
Inscription. Black and brown people in the United States often are presumed dangerous and guilty when thet have done nothing wrong. Our history of racial inequality has created conscious and unconscious bias that has resulted in racial discrimination against people of color by law enforcement and the criminal justice system. Police shootings of unarmed men, women, and children, racially biased and excessive sentencing of people convicted of crimes, and abusive prison conditions make mass incarceration a dominant issue for the and people of color.

Hank Willis Thomas (b. 1976)
Raise Up, 2016
Bronze

 
Erected 2018 by the Equal Justice Initiative.
 
Location. 32° 22.351′ N, 86° 18.744′ W. Marker is in Montgomery, Alabama, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Caroline Street south of Clayton Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 417 Caroline Street, Montgomery AL 36104, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Montgomery Racial Segregation on Buses (within shouting distance of this marker); The National Memorial for Peace and Justice (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Transatlantic Slave Trade
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By Mark Hilton, May 31, 2018
2. Racial Inequality in the United States Marker
The National Memorial for Peace and Justice is in the far background. The memorial notes the generations of black people terrorized, and their legacy of suffering and injustice.
(about 300 feet away); Old Ship A.M.E. Zion Church (about 500 feet away); Kahl Montgomery/Catoma Street Church of Christ (about 800 feet away); The Five Points Area: A Unique Blend of Communities in 1965 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Judge Frank M. Johnson: Judicial Fairness in the Age of Segregation (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rice-Semple-Haardt House (was approx. ľ mile away but has been reported missing. ). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Montgomery.
 
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Categories. African AmericansCivil Rights
 
Bronze monument by Hank Willis Thomas titled <i>Raise Up</i>. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, May 31, 2018
3. Bronze monument by Hank Willis Thomas titled Raise Up.
This bronze sculpture is based on a historical photograph from apartheid South Africa, and depicts a row of male heads turned against the wall, arms raised in the air. The art historian and critic Kerr Houston explained the source: “In Raise Up, Thomas gives us the heads and arms of ten of the thirteen black miners pictured by Ernest Cole as they undergo a humiliating medical examination, in the nude.” The shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, which spawned the protest phrase “Hands up, donít shoot,” took place two months later. After that, this piece took on an unanticipated meaning.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 21, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 21, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 60 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 21, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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