Sunday Reading: Racial Injustice and the Police

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From The New Yorker's archive: pieces by Jelani Cobb, Allyson Hobbs, Karen Good Marable, Dexter Filkins, Amy Davidson Sorkin, and Calvin Trillin that examine racism and police misconduct from both contemporary and historical perspectives.
This past week, protests took place in every U.S. state and in many foreign cities, an uprising ignited by the killing of George Floyd. The demonstrations speak to the larger malignancy of racism and police abuse over the decades. This week, we're bringing you a selection of pieces that examine racial injustice and police misconduct from both contemporary and historical perspectives. In "The Death of George Floyd, in Context," Jelani Cobb writes about the painful events surrounding Floyd's murder, and, in "No Such Thing as Racial Profiling," he describes how policing in America is often mediated by race. In "Freddie Gray's Voice," Amy Davidson Sorkin recounts the death, in police custody, of the twenty-five-year-old Gray, and considers the growing perception that political institutions are unresponsive to incidents of police brutality. Dexter…
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