Book 25 of Year 2017 – “​They can’t kill us all” by ​Wesley Lowery

Official Title – They Can’t Kill Us All: The Story of Black Lives Matter

Genre – Non-Fiction

Book Length – ​320 pages

Reading Time​ 7 hours

Style/ Plot – ​When I picked this book up, I worried that it would be the same old narrative borne out of bitterness and anger. I was wrong.

Amadou Diallo. Rodney King. Jena Six. Troy Davis. Trayvon Martin. Michael Brown. Black Lives Matter.

Wesley perfectly articulates the systematic abuse and murder of black men and women by the very institution empowered to protect and serve them. He writes in a sensible manner showing the his investigative journalism skills in his beautifully written book.

He chronicles the events that have led to the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

The protests are ongoing and until there is a radical change in the treatment of Black Americans, these stories will be told. Yes, all lives matter but not all lives have been signed out and persecuted. Black Lives Matter is a statement that unfortunately has to be made.

Yes, maybe they were delinquents but is that a reason to rob a mother of her son/daughter? A child of his father/mother?

Black children are given “the talk” from childhood. No honey, it’s not the “birds and bees talk” that normal households had. Nah.

It is the “say yes sir to any officer you encounter”; or “always keep your hand on the wheel”; or “keep your wallet in the centre console so you never have to reach into your pocket and get shot like Diallo”.

Do other races have to give their kids this talk from the age of 9?

Favourite Quote – ​”The underlying theme of this set of warnings passed down from black parents to their children is one of self-awareness: the people you encounter, especially the police, are likely willing to break your body, if only because they subconsciously view you not only as less than, but also as a threat.

Recommendation – ​If you have a hard time understanding aim of or spirit behind the Black Lives Matter demonstrations in USA and the history of police brutality against minorities, this book is a great start.

He writes with such empathy and incredible knowledge that you are forced to take him and his narrative serious. The police brutality and murder must stop. Placard carrying is no longer the only option.

Rating – 4/5


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