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They Cant Kill Us All In his Acknowledgments Wesley Lowery calls the victims of racial violence Rorschach tests in a divided nation’s debate of race and justice That seems a particularly appropriate choice of metaphor in light of the criticisms from some portion of our populace about the movements that have sprung up to protest police violence against black citizens What do you see when you are shown an unarmed black man splayed and bloody on a city street in a park in a car shot by police fire? With all the incidents of racial violence in the past two three years now—can it really be so many for so long?—it is hard to keep straight when the outrage began and when it began to blossom into fury Lowery began his reporting on police shootings with Ferguson in 2014 He was writing for the Washington Post He first saw Instagram photos uploaded by his friend Brittany Noble with CBS affiliate KMOV in St Louis who had a list of local officer involved shootings in her reporting history I just felt different Something wasn’t right This wasn’t the typical police shooting scene Noble told LoweryWhen did “police shooting scene” become paired with “typical”? Lowery explains that it was during Ferguson that we realized there was no national data for police shootings It needed to be collected and was later by hand by scouring newspaper reports from around the country It turns out that the largest subcategory of people killed by police are armed white men many mentally ill or explicitly suicidal We don’t see the numbers here but one wonders how many unarmed white men as opposed to unarmed black men become victims There is no doubt that a close reading of the numbers would help us to understand the difficulties on both sides of the policing debateSo Lowery begins with nearly three months in Ferguson There is this overwhelming feeling that they can shoot us they can beat us—we can even have this stuff on video and the police officer still gets off Patricia Bynes—and is drawn into a national crisis ping ponging around the country with each new shooting The timeline and the incidents are laid out in order along with the crescendo of voices in protestHe notes the moment “black lives matter” goes viral for the first time from a Facebook post by Alicia Garza a 31 year old activist in Oakland reposted by fellow activist Patrisse Cullors Black Lives Matter became “an ideological and political intervention” then in the face of deadly oppression The name later became the name of an organization Its tenets have matured and expanded over time and not all of its adherents subscribe to them in exactly the same manner The division in what became the movement has been seen before between groups wishing to bring racial ineuality to the nation’s attention While some may not agree that Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise one has to admit it looks an awful lot like thatLowery introduces us to many young activists and spokespeople around the country who are anxious to be part of the dialog and the solution That is the hopeful part of his narrative Well educated articulate men and women around the country have poured their organizing and speaking skills into highlighting these issues for those who do not face profiling or harassment or intimidation in their everyday lives Many may end up someday in political roles if they can gain traction No one is going to teach you Power is never given it’s taken one young aspirant was told by a prominent official So be it thenThe discussion of political leadership led directly to an eye widening moment for me “the percentage of black registered voters in the South than doubled—skyrocketing from 31% to 73%—between 1965 and 2005” a result of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 Not coincidentally this is just the time the conservative Koch brothers began to systematically fund groups who would move far right politicians into down ballot races beginning the process of changing the face of southern electoral politics so that new districts could be drawn without contention and restrictions on voting rights could be enactedOne night in early 2016 I happened to catch the Colbert Report when DeRay Mckesson was guest speaker That night he was trying to explain the Black Lives Matter to Stephen Colbert who came off looking foolish and even a little resistant against the smooth cool rationality of Mckesson I learn from Lowery that Mckesson has become a huge figure in racial identity politics since 2015 when he involved himself with the Black Lives Matter movement I have added the clip on my blog for those who haven’t seen it I understand also that Mckesson has been involved in discussions President Obama convened with his advisors and other activists Lowery mentions eg Brittany Packnett Campaign Zero and Mica Grimm Black Lives Matter It is thrilling for me to hear these voices though I wish there were less contention among the groups about motives and means The ends are pretty much the same it would seem The meansI guess we will have to see the response of the police and government but not everyone wants the voices of activists to fail in their pursuits One day one month one year from now after you leave it's still going to be fucked up in Ferguson as a print reporter for the washington post Wesley Lowery has written an extensively researched book about shooting after shooting after shooting of black men by the police during 2014 2015 but it is not only about death it is also an accounting of the beginnings of a movement an informed look at those who are working to prevent police violence Wesley Lowery interviews the families of victims city officials local activists citizen reporters somehow he reports on the murders shootings in even fashion i don't know how he does it given that he spends his days cold calling the families of those killed watches viral videos of the killings works at reporting on a profession that is not accessible or transparent in the least there is a bit of a throwaway moment in the book where wes is catching up visiting with a friend from high school as they get in the car to drive somewhere both throw their wallets on the dash they do so knowing it will go easier for them should they get pulled over bc god forbid as black men they should reach into their pockets for their wallets we do not live in a post racial society This book is a short but vital description of many of the key incidents that led to the movement of #BlackLivesMatter becoming a national and internationally recognised theme It's a non fiction personal account of Lowery a reporter for the Washington Post who covered many of the police shootings post Ferguson in America particularly focused on the ones where protests were sparked For me this was a great read becuase it introduced and solidified the topic well It's largely focused on racially motivated police shootings and it's also focused on the key figures who were speaking out against these crimes and the people who were actively working to stop this from happening time and time again It's a book that discussed a lot of the key videos shooters and situations that fuelled the movement still on going now and it recounts many interviews and uotes from people on the ground and other reporters at these incidents What I personally liked was that it felt easy to get into even though the topic itself is a pretty hard one to confront and deal with I felt that the way Lowery addressed each individual shooting and all the individual interviewees and activists was very nicely done It does feel a little bit 'paint by numbers' as it is does lead you through all the key events and a lot of these were presumably covered by many bews sites at the time but as an English reader who doesn't always or often at all hear about the issues sparking the protests eg shooting by police I found it both eye opening and a solid introduction to the topicA strong and powerful little book with a lot of potential to make people interested in finding out I have no doubt that this is a book that would inspire and motivate people to get involved and I found it a dynamic book 4s The bitter taste of injustice is intoxicating on the tongue of a traumatized people p 59Disclaimer I am a white female middle class middle aged overly educated librarian in a wealthy predominantly white area I am many degrees removed from the topic at hand following it only from a distance across social media I definitely read this book with a bias which shows in my reviewI've come to understand that I enjoy investigative journalism than stories from on the ground reporters It seems that because the first has time to research a topic and engage in reflection before crafting their treatises their products explore a topic with intent to share knowledge whereas the latter puts himself in the story he's following because he becomes part of it via reporting it as it unfolds It's not that one is better than the other it's only that I prefer the former to the latterThis is a case of on the ground reporting a collection of moments and experiences gathered over the course of two years chasing stories focused on police or white vigilantes killing unarmed black men and women Lowery starts with his own disclaimer that the media has caused many problems in this area both for activists and for law enforcement due to inaccurate reporting deadlines make you hasty and sensationalism gotta sell papers and he admits to being complicit in the circusI had hoped that from there he would try to analyze his findings and break things down in a fashion that reported a larger storyWhat I got was a hodge podge of experiences that tied in with his reports a lot of repetition and some shaky writing That's not to say it's bad but if you've followed any of #blacklivesmatter on social media even at the most shallow level not much of the information herein is fresh and it's not presented in a way that sheds any new light on what's happening Neither is this an exploration of today's young black activists though it certainly went in that direction several times Nor is it an in depth look at the root causes behind unarmed black people being killed without conseuence for the perpetrators nor does it study the history of black rights being denied throughout generations It was bits and bobs of all this stuff combined with the author's feelings about people places and things thrown together and choppily blended then tossed onto paperI felt it was irresponsible for Lowery to focus so hard on the black men whose deaths or assaults made national news while ignoring the women and anyone who did not feature on headlines across the country He throws out Sandra Bland's name a handful of times never telling her story He briefly mentions the teen girl in Texas who was attacked by an officer at a pool party and says nothing about the high school girl who was thrown to the ground by an officer in her South Carolina classroom Those made national news too Dude Huffington Post keeps a running tally of black women and girls who have been assaulted andor killed by police officers It's not hard to find that information so why are black women missing from this reporter's narrative? Is is because he didn't write those reports directly? This is an especially puzzling uestion in light of the very prominent very loud female activists in the #BLM movement specifically the ones he interviewed befriended or had just followed on Twitter Hell female activists started #blacklivesmatter as Lowery points out several times They're not keeping uiet about black women being killed by police so why is he?And what about the stories that didn't make national news? Lowery claims that the Washington Post his employer at the time started keeping statistics and recorded almost 400 fatal shootings by police officers during the first five months of 2015 and between January and August of 2014 twenty four unarmed black people had been shot and killed by the police Who were they? What were their circumstances? Did the communities react? Did activists speak for them? Why this narrow lens on just unarmed black men who made national news?But let's back up I said that I found the hodge podge of his personal experiences and the repetition off putting Lowery takes that into account in his introduction saying that he created this story from his two years of notes on the subject and from reading the articles he'd submitted at the time He allows that the result may not be a tidy flow of information but I want to know why that should be the case? So some of the notes are old and may not make sense any So some of the information from certain events may be missing That doesn't mean you can't do a little research some tidying up editing and rearranging to form a cohesive story instead of jumping around from one shooting to the next and then back again introducing main players and then reintroducing them again later on That's messy and it detracted from the overarching storyI'd also mentioned the shoddy writing From poor sentence structure to lazy description On August 13 2014 Templeton sat in an empty bedroom with a loaded gun in one hand tears streaming beneath the cold barrel pressed to her forehead No there are no tears pouring down from underneath the gun barrel on her forehead as she sits on the floor to lack of clarity On the day of Michael Brown's funeral the feature on his life on the front page of the New York Times included the declaration that Brown was no angelTanya Brown could have told you herself that her son Brandon was no angel It was one of the first things she said to me when I first spoke with her in July 2015 Thanks to Michael and Tanya having the same last name it sounds like Tanya is talking about her son Michael even though Michael's mother is Lezley McSpadden This leaves the reader to wonder who in hell Brandon Brown is then Don't worry it's cleared up in another paragraph Tanya Brown's non angel son is Brandon Jones Could those sentences not have been better constructed to be concise? it's hard reading and not because of the subject matter Ok yes also because of the subject matter but that should have been the only reason reading this was difficult There shouldn't have been a language barrierI wonder if one of the prominent female activists would be able to tell this story better or perhaps the mothers of the murdered They did well at the DNC last year I'll bet they could put together a book that gives insight to unarmed black people being assaulted shot and killed at an alarming rate in this country This is an important addition to the discussion of racial ineuity that is partially happening partially because it seems it's being ignored by a large white segment of the population throughout the country However this piece is too sensational to feel unbiased and it's too poorly written to give a professional perspective I did learn a lot about young black activists so that's pretty cool but all in all I didn't get what I'd wanted from this reporter's eye view on a critical national issueI'm going to keep looking for books that do this subject justice I read this to learn about Ferguson and the Black Lives Matter movement and in that sense the book fulfilled its purpose though I’m not sure I gleaned anything I couldn’t have just by paying attention to contemporary news coverage Still it’s interesting to get a young black reporter’s perspective on the recent spate of police shootings – “few things move as slowly under such a uniue cloak of darkness as an investigation into an officer involved shooting” Journalists try not to become part of the stories they cover That choice was taken from Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery when police arrested him and Huffington Post’s Ryan Reilly as they worked on their stories at the McDonald’s in Ferguson where protests had broken out after the killing of Michael Brown Since then Lowery has been on the black death beat from Michael Brown to Tamir Rice to Freddie Gray and on and on They Can’t Kill Us All Ferguson Balti and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement is the story of his experiences as a reporter covering this tragic story and of the activists who are trying to bend the arc of history toward justiceLowery gives us a look inside the organizing in response to the grim history of deaths at the hands of police He sat in meetings interviewed activists and got to know them and this is the most interesting part of his book For many of us the deaths of Michael Brown Tamir Rice Freddie Gray Eric Garner Alton Sterling John Crawford and Philandro Castile are familiar His focus is less on their killings and on the civic response the activist uprising that has energized and shifted the focus of civil rights activism and the generational changing of the guardWith passage of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act the focus of black activism was on consolidating the gains of the Civil Rights movement electing black people to office promoting education and career advancement It was not about revolution but about working to get ahead within the system Throughout that time unarmed black men were killed by police with impunity but their deaths were seldom noted Video changed thatThe first incident was the assault on Rodney King It would have been just one case of a man beaten while “resisting arrest” were it not for the video taken by an onlooker It is video and social media that has given life to this new movement Now the killing of unarmed men is not an inside story in a local paper but tweeted and posted to a national audience hashtagged and memorialized Videos provide documentation of police culpability and dishonest most notably in the killing of Walter Scott when the video captured the police officer planting evidence and refuted the false statements provided by the officers on the sceneLowery includes the murder of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmermann since that murder was the impetus for Black Lives Matter He also includes the murders of the nine worshippers at AME Church in Charleston Like many people he sees all of these deaths as part of a whole the violent devaluation of black lives in a system of white supremacyThis is a valuable contribution to understanding the new movement for racial justice We are introduced to the leaders of this new movement and learn how they were mobilized and inspired to activism and leadership He points out that critics of the Ferguson protests who repeatedly focus on the “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” chant as inaccurate are missing the point The exact facts of Michael Brown’s killing are less important than the critical fact that he was just one the tipping point not the only point Critics ignore the context of a city that financed its government by harassing black people and fining them for anything and everything including “manner of walking” Critics ignore the scathing Dept of Justice report that laid bare a systemic system of racist oppression carried out by Ferguson police for yearsThis is a book for activists and those who are interested and supportive of the racial justice movement to safeguard black lives However if those who really need to read would actually crack the cover and read it they would be surprised and perhaps persuaded Lowery writes like the reporter he is tamping down his outrage instead providing text and context for the the movement in a matter of fact tone that in the end could be persuasive than outrage If only people would read itThey Can’t Kill Us All will be released on November 15th I was provided an e galley by NetGalley★★★★ This book should be listed on essential reading lists Lowery discusses the killing of Michael Brown and other unarmed African Americans who died at the hands of police Lowery is a journalist who covered the situation in Ferguson and Balti and through a journalistic lens he examines the need for the Black Lives Matter movement It's a powerful and important book They Can't Kill Us All Ferguson Balti and a New Era in America's Racial Justice Movement by Wesley Lowery is an audible book I got from the library I live in a few counties away from St Louis and the reputation of the police dept racist actions have always been known to everyone in all the surrounding counties All the major family activities are in St Louis such as museums zoos and such so everyone white or black are careful But if you are of color or different wear dreadlocks different clothes you are a mark So when the Ferguson riots happened no one was surprised at uproar No one was surprised that the cop was not convicted This book tells of this reporter's story and of others as he comes to Ferguson is arrested after only two days while sitting in McDonalds with other journalist as they are taking notes and getting coffee blocks away from the action He goes on to describe what he sees what it was like what his fellow journalist encounter the mood the history and so much A very good well thought out book He worked at the Washington Post at the time He was young black and a target just for being in Ferguson A deeply reported book that brings alive the uest for justice in the deaths of Michael Brown Tamir Rice and Freddie Gray offering both unparalleled insight into the reality of police violence in America and an intimate moving portrait of those working to end itConducting hundreds of interviews during the course of over one year reporting on the ground Washington Post writer Wesley Lowery traveled from Ferguson Missouri to Cleveland Ohio; Charleston South Carolina; and Balti Maryland; and then back to Ferguson to uncover life inside the most heavily policed if otherwise neglected corners of America todayIn an effort to grasp the magnitude of the response to Michael Brown's death and understand the scale of the problem police violence represents Lowery speaks to Brown's family and the families of other victims other victims' families as well as local activists By posing the uestion What does the loss of any one life mean to the rest of the nation Lowery examines the cumulative effect of decades of racially biased policing in segregated neighborhoods with failing schools crumbling infrastructure and too few jobsStudded with moments of joy and tragedy They Can't Kill Us All offers a historically informed look at the standoff between the police and those they are sworn to protect showing that civil unrest is just one tool of resistance in the broader struggle for justice As Lowery brings vividly to life the protests against police killings are also about the black community's long history on the receiving end of perceived and actual acts of injustice and discrimination They Can't Kill Us All grapples with a persistent if also largely unexamined aspect of the otherwise transformative presidency of Barack Obama the failure to deliver tangible security and opportunity to those Americans most in need of both They Can't Kill Us All is a galvanizing book that offers than just behind the scenes coverage of the story of citizen resistance to police brutality It will also explain where the movement came from where it is headed and where it still has to go 45A difficult enlightening and worthwhile read

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