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Ferguson, Baltimore, and the American Way of Life

Salvatore Babones, author of Sixteen for ’16: A Progressive Agenda for a Better America, shares his views on why protest against police treatment of African Americans is a fight for the ideals of the American way of life…

Salvatore Babones

Salvatore Babones

It all started in Jamestown, Virginia about 100 years before the Revolutionary War. Or it all started in Ferguson, Missouri with the police shooting of Michael Brown. Whether it started with the beginning of black slavery in America in the 1600s or with a tragic act of violence on August 9, 2014 it is now consuming the nation. The United States is in revolt against police violence, and the leaders of that revolt are mostly young and black.

It should come as no surprise that many African-Americans are angry about the way they are treated by police. Based on my own calculations from official government statistics, at any one time more than 6 percent of all African-American men age 25-39 are in prison. I estimate that about one-quarter of all African-American men spend at least part of their lives in prison. Continue reading ‘Ferguson, Baltimore, and the American Way of Life’

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