This week, we turn to Harvard history professor Khalil Gibran Muhammad, whose The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime and the Making of Urban America was re-released in 2019. Exposing the weaponization of crime statistics against black Americans, Muhammad meticulously documents how we arrived at this historic breaking point within the endless cycles of failed reform.
Below, excerpts from an interview on Democracy Now; images are George Floyd’s airborne words, inscribed against the sky as directed by artist Jammie Holmes, whose work we shall explore more thoroughly in a future DP.
Now comes distinguished civil rights attorney and founder of the Racial Justice Network, Nekima Levy Armstrong, in response to the police killing of George Lloyd, a response that cuts to the heart of the matter with just a few sentences of searing truth set against the brutal exercise of police power:
In the midst of a pandemic caused by a pathogen that has a particularly nasty impact on human lungs and on communities of color, we invite careful consideration of the following transcript:
Finally, outraged by this repugnant and wanton act of murder, and by all the implications and histories tangled within, we relay a statement released by Frank Chapman, Executive Director of the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression:
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