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Drafting a fresh blueprint for racial justice | Solomon Jones

Drafting a fresh blueprint for racial justice | Solomon Jones

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The deadly stories of Black people harmed by America’s criminal justice system keep coming, and with each one, the heartbreak worsens. The latest, the killing of 8-year-old Fanta Bility by police officers in Sharon Hill, Delaware County, is yet another example of why the system must be changed.

Fanta, who was killed when police officers fired toward a crowd after they heard gunshots following a high school football game, is not the first Black child to be killed by police who operate recklessly in Black communities. While the officers involved now face multiple charges including manslaughter after a grand jury investigation, the pattern of killing is too obvious to be handled one case at a time. There must be systemic change, or there will be another Fanta Bility, another George Floyd, another Tamir Rice, another Sandra Bland.

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