** They Can’t Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery

The author of They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement is a journalist who reported on police killings of black men, the inquiries that followed, and the protests they created. The stories come together in a rather disjointed manner, one chapter per location, and apparently one narrative per location, too, but it does not mean that the book is not interesting. In particular, the author shows how the sizes of the protests do not relate to the magnitude of the injustice, but rather to the social media fervor that each incident generated, and how long-time police brutality and insensitivity brought about a situation where residents no longer trust those that are supposed to protect them. Makes you wonder about the wisdom of entrusting local policing to individual communities.


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