Cop killings are a legacy of criminalizing people for being black

Blacks in Law Enforcement in America

Write the authors: “The fact is that our country has a long history of criminalizing the behaviors of black people because they are black. This systemic racism is enforced by an increasingly militarized system of law enforcement and a justice system that doesn’t value black lives…This history of the criminalization of black people in our country has been uninterrupted since the time of slavery. Today, it results in black people being shut out of employment, educational opportunities and voting due to a history of arrest or incarceration for accusations and non-violent offenses that white people with means simply have not had to encounter.”

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