They Can't Kill Us All

They Can't Kill Us All

Ferguson, Baltimore, and A New Era in America's Racial Justice Movement

eBook - 2016
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A behind-the-scenes account of the #blacklivesmatter movement shares insights into the young men and women behind it, citing the racially charged controversies that have motivated members and the economic, political, and personal histories that inform its purpose.
"A deeply reported book that brings alive the quest for justice in the deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and Freddie Gray, offering both unparalleled insight into the reality of police violence in America and an intimate, moving portrait of those working to end it. Conducting hundreds of interviews over the course of more than one year of reporting on the ground, Washington Post writer Wesley Lowery traveled from Ferguson, Missouri, to Cleveland, Ohio; Charleston, South Carolina; and Baltimore, Maryland, and then back to Ferguson to uncover life inside the most heavily policed, if otherwise neglected, corners of America today. In an effort to grasp the magnitude of the response to Michael Brown's death and understand the scale of the problem police violence represents, Lowery speaks to Brown's family and the families of other victims as well as local activists. By posing the question "What does the loss of any one life mean to the rest of the nation?" Lowery examines the cumulative effect of decades of racially biased policing in segregated neighborhoods with failing schools, crumbling infrastructure, and too few jobs. Studded with moments of joy, and tragedy, They Can't Kill us All offers a historically informed look at the standoff between the police and those they are sworn to protect, showing that civil unrest is just one tool of resistance in the broader struggle for justice. As Lowery brings vividly to life, the protests against police killings are also about the black community's long history on the receiving end of perceived and actual acts of injustice and discrimination. They Can't Kill us All grapples with a persistent if largely unexamined aspect of the otherwise transformative presidency of Barack Obama: the failure to deliver tangible security and opportunity to those Americans most in need of both."--Jacket.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780316502160
Characteristics: 1 online resource (248 pages)
Alternative Title: They cannot kill us all


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Jul 19, 2019

"We gon' be alright."-Kendrick Lamar
Trayvon Martin. Eric Garner ("I can't breathe."). Oscar Grant. Michael Brown. Freddie Gray. Walter Scott. These are just a few of the unarmed black men shot by cops (or a "vigilante," in Martin's case) over the past decade. The actual stats can be hard to track down but all of these deaths are needless and indicative of a deeply flawed and racist system (If you disagree with this statement, by all means, stop reading.). Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery was on the ground for the protests ("riots" if you're a Republican or cop) in Ferguson, Missouri following the murder of 18-year old Michael Brown. He talks to the community, follows the conflicts, and situates the killing in a larger context. It's an intense and infuriating read, as well as a great example of long form journalism. Lend this to someone who says "all lives matter." For more on the subject, pick up "When They Call You a Terrorist," the novel and film "The Hate U Give," and the documentary "Whose Streets?"


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