Today the first piece in a multi-part series on issues in the US justice system went live over at Literally, Darling. The series will take an in-depth look at some of the problems brought to light by the recent death of Michael Brown and subsequent protests.
I wrote the first piece (and will be writing one more near the end), and like any human with even an inkling of self-awareness, I felt awkward writing about race as a white person. But due to a last minute schedule issue, I found myself with no other choice -- write it or push the series back. I hope the end result is compelling, eye-opening, and informative, although I make no assertions that it is comprehensive. As I say in the article, white people just can't understand the experiences of people of color, but I do believe that basic human empathy makes it possible to relate on some level. That is what I tried to tap into while writing this piece yesterday, and what I hope others tap into while reading it.
Next week, Literally, Darling looks at police militarization.
Bridey is a freelance writer living in Washington, D.C.
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