Killing Us Softly. How Videos of Police Brutality Traumatize African Americans and Undermine the Search for Justice.

With the ubiquity of smartphones and dash and body cameras, there is ample footage to expose police violence and grab the nation’s attention. In a virtually unlimited digital space, the images spread fast and far. Footage has refuted police accounts, revealed crucial facts withheld from families of victims, and sparked campaigns for justice and reform.

Yet because the images of police violence are so pervasive, they inflict a unique harm on viewers, particularly African Americans, who see themselves and those they love in these fatal encounters. This recognition becomes a form of violence in and of itself—and even more so when justice is denied.

Read the story in The New Republic.

 

 

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Banking Black. Can divesting from America’s big financial institutions help fix racial inequality?

Musa Sega, a street vendor in Harlem, is one of many black people in the country who, frustrated by a string of police shootings and the tenor of politics nationally, pulled his money from a global bank chain and opened an account at a black-operated bank, one of just 22 such institutions in the country. “I gotta go black,” Sega said. “We gotta support our community. We gotta support our people.” (The New Republic)

By Kia Gregory