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Black and Blue: The All-Too-Often Toxic Relationship Between Communities of Color and Law Enforcement


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Black and Blue: The All-Too-Often Toxic Relationship Between Communities of Color and Law Enforcement

Dennis Parker

Twenty-five years ago, Director Spike Lee released the film "Do the Right Thing" which illustrated with startling realism the racial tensions and uneasy relationship between police and the communities of color in Brooklyn's Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood. The film's message about the need to alter the fraught relationship between communities of color and law enforcement has assumed renewed importance with the events surrounding the tragic killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson this summer.