Police Diversity without Inclusion Won’t Lower Police Violence

Police Diversity without Inclusion Won’t Lower Police Violence

I have had many encounters with police, especially in my youth. So as a black transgender man, I am concerned about issues of police violence. After high profile police shootings, such as the Mike Brown case, and even with the recent rare conviction and sentencing of a former police officer, some have called for increasing the diversity of police departments as a necessary part of the solution. But, would greater diversity within law enforcement be enough to reduce tension and police violence? It turns out that more police department diversity doesn’t necessarily result in less police violence. For example, a study completed by Sean Nicholson-Crotty and published in the Public…
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An American Heritage: Black Tradition of Patriotic Expression

An American Heritage: Black Tradition of Patriotic Expression

There is nothing more patriotic than the commitment to ensure and uphold our most sacred national values: equality, justice and liberty. One form of patriotic expression, when these values are violated, is to cryptically or symbolically resist. From dance and song used to coordinate resistance to bondage to lunch counter sit-ins – these, and countless other actions, are rooted in service to defending America’s values. Born from Black America’s history of leadership in advancing liberty and equality, this form of service has become a custom in American patriotic expression. Most recently, we’ve seen professional athletes take up this tradition by kneeling for racial justice. CLICK TO TWEET: #TakeAKnee is part…
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