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Ruminations of a human being: Systemic racism, police brutality and America’s failure to teach empathy

By Martin Williams

July 4, 2020

"[Some White people] will shout, 'ALL LIVES MATTER,' avoid eye contact or keep their mouths shut in tacit support of police brutality," writes Martin Williams '20. "However, they don’t stop to think about the mother, father, son, daughter, friend or mentor killed by the cops’ 'fear' or 'mistake.' They treat the death of the victim as insignificant, although they would be enraged and desire justice too, if a cop murdered their loved one."

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