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Jeremy Tor | Feb 13, 2015

Police and Race Awareness

I applaud the Director of the FBI for a refreshingly honest speech on police and race relations. He noted the “disconnect between police agencies and the citizens they serve, predominantly in communities of color,” and he called on law enforcement (indeed all of us) to acknowledge the unconscious racial biases we carry. He urged law enforcement to “redouble our efforts to resist bias and prejudice,” to try “to know, deep in our gut, what it feels like to be a law-abiding young black man walking down the street and encountering law enforcement,” and to “resist the lazy shortcuts of cynicism.”

His speech is worth watching, his message worth internalizing.