Stop asking African-Americans to be calm

By Shaun King, New York Daily News

Shaun King connects the current outrage against police brutality with the painful realities of African American history to show why it is insulting to demand calmness in the face of police violence.

“On Wednesday, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards called for calm in the wake of the investigation into the death of 37 year old Alton Sterling by Baton Rouge Police.

Sir – I say to you respectfully – black folk have bought that line before. We’ve been calm for 400 years.

America and its leaders, cannot, in good faith, continue asking African-Americans to be calm without providing the corresponding justice that our calmness deserves.”

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