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Killing Of Black People Essay

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This year, the American police have already killed more than 500 people. Of those, 25% have been Black, even though Black people make up only 13% of the population. Last week in Louisiana, two White police officers killed a Black man named Alton Sterling while he sold CDs on the street. The very next day in Minnesota, a police officer shot and killed a Black man named Philando Castile in his car during a traffic stop while his girlfriend and her four-year-old daughter watched. Overwhelmingly, the police do not face any consequences for ending these lives. Our community knows these tragedies, too. Anthony Nunez, Melissa Ventura, Pedro Villanueva and Alex Nieto were all killed by police officers, though none of it was caught on film.
Yet even as we hear about the dangers faced by interactions with police, our instinct is sometimes to distance ourselves from the victims (and this social justice issue), especially when the victims are Black. We wonder why they didn’t “just obey the officer” or we look for other information about the victim that justifies their death. When a policeman shoots a Black person, you might think it’s the victim’s fault because you see so many media images showing Black people as “thugs” and criminals. Those images take hold in people’s minds ours included. It becomes too
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We are telling you this out of love, because we don’t want this issue to divide us. We are asking that you try to empathize with the anger and grief of the families who have lost their loved ones to police violence, Latinxs and Black alike. We are also asking you to empathize with our anger and grief, and support us if we choose to be vocal, to protest, to be defiant in the face of authority. We would also like you to share this letter with your friends, and encourage them to be empathetic,
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