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Friday, 08 July 2016 10:11

Mothers of Dead Black Men

Written by  Lezley McSpadden

Posted July 8, 2016
Black Lives Matter, cont'd.

In today's New York Times, this emotionally moving op-ed column by the mother of Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager shot and killed in Ferguson, MO in August 2014, was titled 'The Mothers of Dead Black Men.'
-- SCPA Editor


Michael Brown’s Mom, on Alton Sterling and Philando Castile
The New York Times, by Lezley McSpadden, Op-Ed Contributor, July 7, 2016

St. Louis — I CRIED on Wednesday as I watched, like much of the country, the horrifying video images from Baton Rouge, La., showing a black man being shot to death, in the back and chest, after being wrestled into submission by two white police officers. On Thursday, I woke up to the news of a black man in Minnesota, shot by the police during a traffic stop. I am devastated and infuriated.

Alton Sterling is dead. Philando Castile is dead. My son, Michael Brown, has been dead for almost two years now. …

… Sometimes it seems like the only thing we can do in response to the police brutality that my son and so many other black boys and men have suffered is to pray for black lives. Yes, they matter, but is that changing anything? What is going to be different this time? ...

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