Between a Rock and Hard Place: Police Brutality & Gun Violence in African American Communities


Police brutality and gun violence: two stark issues that seem to be the bookends in the daily narratives of African Americans. This societal pressure is perhaps exemplified last May when Phoenix police officers with drawn weapons traumatized a black mom and her children in a parking lot, the reason being that her four-year-old girl shoplifted a “Barbie-like” doll.

We can discuss illustrations of firearm crime until the body bags come home, but the point is that some type of gun is always pointed at African American neighborhoods. Are there any solutions to blacks living in a state . . .

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