The Power of Looking, from Emmett Till to Philando Castile
The New Yorker
August 5, 2016

“Over the past two years, as videos of black men being killed by police became national news with terrible frequency, I took a similar position. ‘Why should we look at these videos?’ I wondered. The facts of these killings should have been enough to spark outrage and action. Were we becoming inured to seeing black suffering and death? But Diamond Reynolds’s act of heroism, and the conversation it prompted, made me reconsider my stance.”

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