Nobody’s Perfect — So Why Do We Need Black People to Be?

Demanding angelic victims of police violence is absurd and racist

Image: Lorie Shaull, Flickr

It happens every time a black body has the life taken from it by an agent of the state. Whether choked out, pressed out beneath a knee, or torn away by a bullet, some mourn that life and others rage at its loss, while still others get to work.

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Tim Wise

Tim Wise

Anti-racism educator and author of 9 books, including White Like Me and, most recently, Dispatches from the Race War (City Lights, December 2020)