There are No Lessons for Alton or Philando

Like many of you, I cried on Wednesday as I watched Alton Sterling’s son cry for his daddy a day after he was murdered by the police of Baton Rouge. I watched that teenage boy and I wept in sadness, anger, and exhaustion.

I watched that teenage boy knowing what Roxane Gay wrote later that day: “We have to bear witness and resist numbness and help the children of the black people who lose their lives to police brutality shoulder their unnatural burden.”

And, while mainstream media spent the day in a cycle of did-she-or-didn’t-she about Clinton’s email “scandal” and Trump’s continual onslaught of racist rhetoric and iconography, I sought solace — like many of you — online with other folks around the globe. Together, we were angry, hurt, and wary that — without rapid and systemic change — Alton Sterling would be yet another name on the list of black men and women being murdered in this country.

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