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Black Lives Matter

From an immensely powerful post:

So to ask us—when we’ve been crying for our lost kin, begging for change that would save the lives of all those impacted by police brutality and a corrupt criminal justice system, begging to be seen as people and not targets—to reaffirm for you that we believe violence isn’t the answer is not just ignorant, it’s cruel. Everything we have worked for is put at risk with these police shootings, every scrap of progress we’ve made on getting the world to see that we are human beings who don’t deserve to be shot like dogs in the street is at risk with these shootings—and people ask us, “Don’t you think these shootings are just as bad?”

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The Case for Reparations

I read the entire article, and I agree.

The state’s regime partnered robbery of the franchise with robbery of the purse. Many of Mississippi’s black farmers lived in debt peonage, under the sway of cotton kings who were at once their landlords, their employers, and their primary merchants. Tools and necessities were advanced against the return on the crop, which was determined by the employer. When farmers were deemed to be in debt—and they often were—the negative balance was then carried over to the next season. A man or woman who protested this arrangement did so at the risk of grave injury or death. Refusing to work meant arrest under vagrancy laws and forced labor under the state’s penal system.

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The Paranoid Style of American Policing

A great article from Ta-Nehisi Coates:

It will not do to note that 99 percent of the time the police mediate conflicts without killing people anymore than it will do for a restaurant to note that 99 percent of the time rats don’t run through the dining room. Nor will it do to point out that most black citizens are killed by other black citizens, not police officers, anymore than it will do to point out that most American citizens are killed by other American citizens, not terrorists. If officers cannot be expected to act any better than ordinary citizens, why call them in the first place? Why invest them with any more power?

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