They Can't Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America's Racial Justice Movement

They Can't Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America's Racial Justice Movement

by Wesley Lowery


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ISBN-13: 9780316312479
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 11/15/2016
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 524,556
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

Wesley Lowery is a national reporter for the Washington Post who covers law enforcement and justice. He was the paper's lead reporter in Ferguson, Missouri and covering the Black Lives Matter protest movement, and was a member of the team awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for the paper's coverage of police shootings. His reporting has previously appeared in The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Story 3

Chapter 1 Ferguson: A City Holds Its Breath 19

Chapter 2 Cleveland: Coming Home 70

Chapter 3 North Charleston: Caught on Camera 110

Chapter 4 Baltimore: Life Pre-Indictment 129

Chapter 5 Charleston: Black Death is Black Death 168

Chapter 6 Ferguson, Again: A Year Later, the Protests Continue 185

Afterword: Three Days in July 221

Acknowledgments 234

Notes 237

Index 241

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Rosemary-Standeven More than 1 year ago
UK media coverage seems to be perpetually reporting on gun violence in America: massacres; accidents; shootings etc. In American TV shows and films everything always seems to be solved by firing a gun, and killing the perceived enemy. The US is a country where everyone, irrespective of mental stability or actual need, is able to legally buy and use a gun, where all police carry guns, and where the death penalty is still on the statute book. So, police shootings come across as “the American way” – the overt racial angle of the violence is somewhat masked. It seems that all life is cheap in the USA, but this book makes it very clear that black lives are considered even cheaper than others. What is most worrying for me, is that this all happened under a black president, someone who was supposed to bring hope to the poor, the disenfranchised, and above all to the black communities. Now there is Trump, and soon it may not only be black lives that don’t matter to the powers that be, but also Mexican lives, Muslim lives, asylum seekers lives … I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thought-provoking--I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Obviously a great read from a talented journalist
LeighKramer More than 1 year ago
Like many, I first remember encountering Washington Post journalist Wesley Lowery in the days after Michael Brown was killed by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, MO. I was glued to Twitter, hungry for information to counter the helplessness and anger I felt. He was one of the first journalists on the ground and his observations and insights were immeasurable. And that was before he and fellow journalist Ryan Reilly were arrested by the Ferguson police in an act of intimidation. When I found out Lowery had written a book, I knew I wanted to read it but I wasn't sure what the experience would be like. After all, this is not a light topic. This book blew me away. I could not put it down. It's incredibly engaging and riveting. We learn more about Lowery's background, as well as how his journalism career began. We see the string of events that sent him to Ferguson and how coverage there- combined with Twitter- changed everything. We see how his coverage of Mike Brown then led to covering the many other senseless killings since by those sworn to protect us. Lowery intersperses this by spotlighting the activists he met along the way, many of whom I was familiar with but did not know much about beyond their tweets. He also looks at the history that formed this narrative of police violence (for a more in-depth look, I recommend The New Jim Crow.) All this is compelling enough but I particularly appreciated Lowery's perspective as a journalist. Why he covered things the way he did. The mistakes he made. (He addresses a specific tweet in which his bias showed. I hadn't really thought about the way journalists use Twitter before.) How covering the deaths of People of Color affected him as a POC, especially when so few officers are held accountable even in the face of video proof. This is an important book. It's one of the books I wish everyone would read. Especially those who don't understand the events in Ferguson, the Black Lives Matter movement, or how it's possible to advocate for justice within the police system while valuing the work the police do. For those who do understand all of those things, this will serve as a reminder of the events of the past few years and why it's important to continue fighting for justice for Trayvon, Mike, Eric, Sandra, and too many more names who have been added to the list. Disclosure: I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
CheckeredStars More than 1 year ago
Sadly, this is an essential book to be reading, especially with the current administration. Those who ignore the truth or believe in 'alternative facts' will likely not be interested or convinced.