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Most arrested reporters never go to trial—and this case should have been no different

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Doing so only hurts both the Black and Asian communities

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White people who refuse to process their ancestral pain hurt the political aims of Black Lives Matter

The wall of Moms protesting in front of the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. courthouse in Portland, Oregon on July 21, 2020.
The wall of Moms protesting in front of the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. courthouse in Portland, Oregon on July 21, 2020.
The “Wall of Moms” protesting in front of the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse in Portland on July 21. Photo: Paula Bronstein/Washington Post/Getty Images


For volunteer medics and legal observers, confronting police violence can come with mental and physical tolls

A protester who was maced by police receives medical attention during a demonstration in Columbus, Ohio. Photo: SOPA Images/Getty Images


COLUMN

There’s a fine line between being an ally and making a movement all about yourself

The Black Womxn’s Empowerment March in New York. Photo: Ira L. Black — Corbis/Getty Images


THE UPRISING MARCHES ON

A revolution needs longevity more than it needs martyrs

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The Uprising Marches On

In an era where even the simplest truths are under attack, it’s up to writers to remind us that systemic racism never really goes away

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