Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

We Must Address the Persistence of Racism

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

We Must Address the Persistence of Racism

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Recently, in America's "most livable city," a noose hung from a tree outside of a home in Regent Square ("Police Investigating Noose-Shaped Cord Outside Regent Square Home," Oct. 25). The symbolism is painful, reminding us not only of a device used to publicly kill black bodies, but of the complex persistence of racism in our communities today.

The hanging of a noose, though troubling and harsh to the eye, is indicative of a more pervasive web of sickness and destruction in our country and in our communities. We are reminded of the political and economic systems founded on systemic racism - systems that redline communities, over-police and brutalize black bodies, disinvest in education and encourage entry into the school-to-prison pipeline. Yet, most of all, we are reminded that to dismantle racial injustice, we must confront it. …

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