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Protests are bringing attention to the ‘everyday violence' faced by black Americans

Posted On: 1 Jun 2020   |   Posted By: Grist

In the wake of the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer early last week, cities across the U.S. erupted in protest. As those demonstrations enter their second week, some are calling for a reckoning with not just police brutality but also the wider array of harms disproportionately inflicted by race in the U.S.
Many of those harms are environmental. On Sunday, New Jersey Senator and former presidential candidate Cory Booker went live on CNN not only to call for measures like reforming the federal statute governing police misconduct , but also to draw attention to the “everyday violence” faced by black Americans.
“Where is the response to the everyday violence that we live in a nation with such toxicity, from ‘cancer alley' to Duplin County, that is killing disproportionately black people, because race is still the greatest indicator of whether you live around a toxic site?” Booker asked host Jake Tapper. “Where is the outrage and the anguish in the hearts of...

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