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In America, Black deaths are not a flaw in the system. They are the system

Whether it’s police violence, poor medical care, or simply trying to breathe, we suffer from an underlying condition: racism
Gwen Carr, racial justice activist and mother of Eric Garner, at a press conference calling for a ban on police chokeholds on Tuesday. Photograph: Scott Heins/Getty Images

Too many Black people in America are dying. 

We die driving our cars. We die playing outside. We die babysitting. We die eating ice cream. We die sleeping in our own beds. We die and die and die at the hands of the police who are sworn to serve and protect us.

Even then, we are not done dying. We die giving birth. We die trying to breathe. We die when doctors under-treat our heart attacks and dismiss our calls for help

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