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May 31, 2020 - Connecticut Post

Racism is America's virus

Racism is America's virus
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I was not planning to write about this topic when the week began. There are lots of issues that I could address, particularly, the ubiquitous COVID-19 crisis, how it has impacted our lives and our livelihoods. and how we have responded to it. But beneath the COVID news have been numerous and disturbing reports of the consequences of another virus — American racism.

The killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer is a brutal reminder that black Americans cannot — in fact, do not — presume a sense of safety when in the presence of “peace” officers even when doing seemingly innocuous activities like jogging, sleeping, playing, driving, selling mix tapes or entering your own home. The disease of racism is the most difficult American conversation.

If the killing of Mr. Floyd was the only event to remind us of this fact, we should look at some recent similar examples. In 2015 alone, police or self-styled vigilantes killed over 100 unarmed black Americans. Here is a list of some recent high-profile killings:

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