Unspoken Nationalism

lossy-page1-763px-Patriotic_old_women_make_flags._Born_in_Hungary,_Galicia,_Russia,_Germany,_Rumania._Their_flag-making_instructor,_Rose_R_-_NARA_-_533657.tifMultiple cases of the shooting deaths of unarmed men (who often are African-American) in the streets of the United States at the hands of people who are supposedly working to protect others from violence (and who typically are not African-American) have generated important discussions about institutional racism, hatred, and the militarization of police. In “What White People Can Do About the Killing of Black Men in America,” an editor at the Huffington Post writes,

White Americans like me have to stop channel surfing all the outrageously bad news from around the world and focus on the death that is happening in our own cities to our fellow Americans.

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