“What is our response to the fact of premature Black death?”

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YOUTH CONFRONT POLICE IN FERGUSON, MISSOURI.

What is our response to the fact of premature Black Death?

The recent string of police murders has renewed not only an active conversation about race, racism and racialized disparities, but has also sparked a new era of civil disobedience.

Since January 1, 2015, eighteen hundred and more have been killed by police – six hundred and ninety six black. At this pace, by the time of our conference, one hundred and forty seven more black lives will have been cut short. But police brutality is only the tip of the iceberg. Water. Education. Housing. Prisons. The systematic devaluing of Black life has been and continues to be foundational to the socio-political ordering of the United States. Read their names.