In America, Black deaths are not a flaw in the system. They are the system

In America, Black deaths are not a flaw in the system. They are the system
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[Ed. – The part of the premise that says blacks are disproportionately is accurate. The reason given, however, is not.]

Too many Black people in America are dying.

We die driving our cars. We die playing outside. We die babysitting. We die eating ice cream. We die sleeping in our own beds. We die and die and die at the hands of the police who are sworn to serve and protect us.

Even then, we are not done dying. We die giving birth. We die trying to breathe. We die when doctors under-treat our heart attacks and dismiss our calls for help.

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We die because we are overrepresented where it hurts, such as poverty and prisons, and underrepresented where it helps, such as higher educationelected office, and the federal judiciary. We die from many causes, but one stands out from all others: racism.

The expendability of Black lives is not a flaw in the system; it is the system.

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