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White supremacy takes the breath away from black Americans

By Steven W. Thrasher It’s hard for black Americans to catch our breath these days: from Michael Brown to Eric Garner to John Crawford to Tamir Rice to Walter Scott and now Eric Harris, we just keep getting the wind … Continue reading

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Khalil Muhammad: To Stop Police Killings, Transform the Political Culture That Threatens Black Lives

Protests were held from coast to coast on Tuesday in a day of action against police violence and racial profiling. The protests came as the sheriff’s reserve deputy, who fatally shot Eric Harris in Oklahoma, turned himself in to authorities. … Continue reading

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Walter Scott, Thomas Slager, and the Myth of Police Reform

By Ta-Nehisi Coates There is a tendency, when examining police shootings, to focus on tactics at the expense of strategy. One interrogates the actions of the officer in the moment trying to discern their mind-state. We ask ourselves, “Were they … Continue reading

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The Walter Scott outrage nobody is talking about

By Heather Digby Parton The horrific story of the unarmed Walter Scott’s death at the hands of Officer Michael Slager continues to reverberate. Aside from the incontrovertible evidence on the tape that the accused officer shot him in the back … Continue reading

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Some Key Facts We’ve Learned About Police Shootings Over The Past Year

By Gene Demby We’ve done a lot of writing and reporting at Code Switch over the last year on deadly police shootings of unarmed black people, cases that have become such a part of our landscape that they have a … Continue reading

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Who’s Accountable for Ferguson’s Crimes? No One, It Seems

By Gary Younge In the wake of the deaths of Mike Brown and Eric Garner, Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly had some advice for black America: “Don’t abandon your children. Don’t get pregnant at 14. Don’t allow your neighborhoods to … Continue reading

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How a Broken Tail Light Can Be a Death Sentence in America

By Karen Dolan So now we know: A broken tail light can get you killed in America. The situation that led to the alleged murder of Walter L. Scott by a white police officer in North Charleston SC is indicative … Continue reading

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American Police Killed More People in March (111) Than the Entire UK Police Have Killed Since 1900

By Shaun King Yeah. Those numbers are real.A total of 111 people were killed by police in the United States in March of 2015. Since 1900, in the entire United Kingdom, 52 people have been killed by police. Don’t bother … Continue reading

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