The American Plague
“… the rate of police killings of black Americans is nearly the same as the rate of lynchings in the early decades of the 20th century.”
There have been a number of insightful, outraged, brilliant articles written in Ferguson’s wake. But when I think back on all I have read recently, the quote above looms ominously out in front.
It is grotesque. Go back and read it again. It doesn’t say total murders of black Americans. Not by a long shot. Just those committed by officers of the peace. Are you horrified enough yet?
Getting there, you say?
Well, don’t get comfortable there just yet. Here’s how often those unfathomable deaths occur:
“About twice a week, or every three or four days.”
What. The. Fuck.
Here’s the article. Well worth reading.