Magazine article New Internationalist

They Can't Kill Us All

Magazine article New Internationalist

They Can't Kill Us All

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They Can't Kill Us All The Story of Black Lives Matter by Wesley Lowery (Penguin Books, ISBN 9780141986142)

Other than war correspondent, it is hard to imagine a more demanding and traumatizing journalistic role than that of Wesley Lowery. For the last two years he has reported for the Washington Post on police killings of mostly young, mostly male African- Americans and the wave of protests the killings sparked - the Black Lives Matter campaign.

It is possible to argue that this is, in all but name, a war between a racist police establishment and an oppressed and brutalized underclass. Beginning with Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014, where Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager was shot by the white policeman Darren Wilson, Lowery has criss-crossed the United States, reporting on killing after killing. He has borne witness and named the names; Eric Garner, John Crawford, Tamir Rice, Walter Scott, Freddie Gray, Sandra Bland; sons and daughters behind the stark statistic of one unarmed black person killed by police every 10 days; killings in which the officers, by and large, go unindicted and unpunished. …

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