The 'poison' that is killing American blacks

The killing of 10 black people by a white gunman in Buffalo, New York, earlier this month has raised troubling questions not just about gun violence but also rising racially-motivated crimes against African Americans. President Joe Biden likens white supremacy to a poison spread by the Internet. But the roots of this phenomenon run deeper – to America’s original sin.

A Black Lives Matter flag at a protest held a week after black American Andrew Brown Jr was killed by sheriff’s deputies in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, in April last year. PHOTO: REUTERS
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The world is understandably confused about the situation of the African Americans in America. On the one hand, the world celebrated the election in 2008 of an African American, Barack Obama, as the 44th president of the United States.

On the other hand, the world was shocked to learn that to date, 1,596 black people were killed by the police, based on a database maintained by The Washington Post since 2015.

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