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What would it take to stop police killings?

On the heels of the shooting of Alton Sterling, the days-later shooting of Philando Castile has people asking – again – what would it take to stop police killings that amount to state-sanctioned murders? With little preamble, no cute title, no personal reflections from 1989, no qualifiers, here’s some day one recommendations. To change the culture of…

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Should Read “Crooked Cop’s Legacy Stays Being Racist”

The video of Jameel McGee hugging, smiling and working alongside Andrew Collins, the Benton Harbor, MI ex-cop who framed him and put him in jail for four years, kept popping up in my feeds over the last twenty-four hours. I avoided it initially because news stories about random black people forgiving not-so-random white acts of…

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Racism Is Systemic But I Need You To Say More Than That

It is becoming more and more popular – fashionable, even – to say “racism is systemic.” Which is a good thing because it is; it’s an institutionalized system designed to create patterns of discrimination based on race. My concern is that we don’t all understand what that means or the extent to which it may manifest. Without…

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Secondhand Oppression

I watch every video of a police shooting that gets released. I don’t say that with any measure of pride. It is simply an admission of sad resignation. I don’t suggest or recommend that people watch these videos (unless they want to debate me on the particulars of a case). I don’t feel it’s anyone’s…