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They can't kill us all : Ferguson, Baltimore, and a new era in America's racial justice movement

Author: Wesley Lowery
Publisher: New York, NY : Little, Brown and Company, 2016. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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A behind-the-scenes account of the #blacklivesmatter movement shares insights into the young men and women behind it, citing the racially charged controversies that have motivated members and the economic, political, and personal histories that inform its purpose.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Lowery, Wesley, 1990-
They can't kill us all.
(OCoLC)1242109837
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Wesley Lowery
ISBN: 9780316312479 0316312479 0316312495 9780316312493
OCLC Number: 944933782
Notes: "November 2016"--Title page verso.
Description: 248 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction : the story --
Ferguson : a city holds its breath --
Cleveland : coming home --
North Charleston : caught on camera --
Baltimore : life pre-indictment --
Charleston : Black death is Black death --
Ferguson, again : a year later, the protests continue --
Afterword : three days in July.
Other Titles: They cannot kill us all
Responsibility: Wesley Lowery.
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A behind-the-scenes account of the #blacklivesmatter movement shares insights into the young men and women behind it, citing the racially charged controversies that have motivated members and the economic, political, and personal histories that inform its purpose.

"A deeply reported book that brings alive the quest for justice in the deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and Freddie Gray, offering both unparalleled insight into the reality of police violence in America and an intimate, moving portrait of those working to end it. Conducting hundreds of interviews over the course of more than one year of reporting on the ground, Washington Post writer Wesley Lowery traveled from Ferguson, Missouri, to Cleveland, Ohio; Charleston, South Carolina; and Baltimore, Maryland, and then back to Ferguson to uncover life inside the most heavily policed, if otherwise neglected, corners of America today. In an effort to grasp the magnitude of the response to Michael Brown's death and understand the scale of the problem police violence represents, Lowery speaks to Brown's family and the families of other victims as well as local activists. By posing the question "What does the loss of any one life mean to the rest of the nation?" Lowery examines the cumulative effect of decades of racially biased policing in segregated neighborhoods with failing schools, crumbling infrastructure, and too few jobs. Studded with moments of joy, and tragedy, They Can't Kill us All offers a historically informed look at the standoff between the police and those they are sworn to protect, showing that civil unrest is just one tool of resistance in the broader struggle for justice. As Lowery brings vividly to life, the protests against police killings are also about the black community's long history on the receiving end of perceived and actual acts of injustice and discrimination. They Can't Kill us All grapples with a persistent if largely unexamined aspect of the otherwise transformative presidency of Barack Obama: the failure to deliver tangible security and opportunity to those Americans most in need of both."--Jacket.

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