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Sunday, June 7, 2020

BYLINES statement of solidarity

BYLINES believes that black lives matter. Black people were dehumanized in 1619 then struggled against all odds after Emancipation to achieve the American Dream only to have their prosperous communities destroyed by a resentful white majority: the Tulsa massacre happened 99 years ago on June 1, but there were many other violent attacks on black communities that have gone under-reported and unrecognized. And extreme force used by American police departments against black people is not new: it is part of America's shameful tradition.

But now that so many Americans of all ethnicities have recognized how bad things still are, there is reason to hope. We can do better, and we will do better.

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