Record wave of deadly shootings hits US cities. More police aren’t the answer, activists say
USA Today
August 15, 2020

USA Today reports on the increase of gun violence in major U.S. cities. Trump’s apparent crackdown on this violence meaning implementing more federal police officers, but Black leaders oppose this method to instead providing stable housing, more money invested into education, and addressing the systemic racism in this nation. Justice Roundtable’s own Nkechi Taifa is quoted in the following: “‘There’s this hopelessness: if you think you’re going to die tomorrow, why does it matter what you do today?,’ says Taifa, 65, a Washington, D.C.-based lobbyist, activist and author of the book “Black Power, Black Lawyer: My Audacious Quest for Justice.” ‘Many people don’t acknowledge the root causes of the crime that’s going on in these communities. When there is lack, and there is so much lack in Black communities, it’s predictable you will have crime.'”


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