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After unlearning my own childhood obsession with the police, I’m giving my child the tools to shape his own worldview

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The year is 2020. As usual, the news is on in our home, providing a background ambiance for our daily lives. The reporter, a White woman who is almost in tears, describes the latest developments in the murder of Breonna Taylor.


Why policing in America is rotten to the core

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Consider this hypothetical scenario: You’ve got a box full of apples. The majority of them, say 65, are ripe. But there’s also another 35 that are rotten. Unfortunately for you, there’s only one box and you’re transporting them on a very long road trip, so you have to keep all of the apples together.


Daunte Wright’s death is yet another infuriating case of police brutality — and Biden’s response feels like politics as usual

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On Monday, mere minutes into my second pandemic birthday, we were all painfully reminded that turning a year older in America is a luxury that no Black man is guaranteed.


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In his first interview since being shot seven times by police in August, Jacob Blake spoke with Good Morning America’s Michael Strahan about the intense seconds that followed his maiming in Kenosha, Wisconsin.


The Three Traps of Reform
The Three Traps of Reform

ABOLITION FOR THE PEOPLE

Decades of reform have built an agile, deadly force that pushes millions of people into the largest carceral system in the world

This article is part of Abolition for the People, a series brought to you by a partnership between Kaepernick Publishing and LEVEL, a Medium publication for and about the lives of Black and Brown men. The series, which comprises 30 essays and conversations over four weeks, points to the crucial conclusion that policing and prisons are not solutions for the issues and people the state deems social problems — and calls for a future that puts justice and the needs of the community first.


As part of Abolition for the People, a series brought to you by a partnership between Kaepernick Publishing and LEVEL, renowned political activist, scholar, author Angela Y. Davis urges readers…

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