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

A deeply reported book that brings alive the quest for justice in the deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and Freddie Gray, offering both unparalleled insight into the reality of police violence in America and an intimate, moving portrait of those working to end it

Conducting hundreds of interviews during the course of over one year reporting on the ground, Washington Post writer Wesley Lowery traveled from Ferguson, Missouri, to Cleveland, Ohio; Charleston, South Carolina; and Baltimore, Maryland; and then back to Ferguson to uncover life inside the most heavily policed, if otherwise neglected, corners of America today.

In an effort to grasp the magnitude of the repose to Michael Brown's death and understand the scale of the problem police violence represents, Lowery speaks to Brown's family and the families of other victims other victims' families as well as local activists. By posing the question, "What does the loss of any one life mean to the rest of the nation?" Lowery examines the cumulative effect of decades of racially biased policing in segregated neighborhoods with failing schools, crumbling infrastructure and too few jobs.

Studded with moments of joy, and tragedy, They Can't Kill Us All offers a historically informed look at the standoff between the police and those they are sworn to protect, showing that civil unrest is just one tool of resistance in the broader struggle for justice. As Lowery brings vividly to life, the protests against police killings are also about the black community's long history on the receiving end of perceived and actual acts of injustice and discrimination. They Can't Kill Us All grapples with a persistent if also largely unexamined aspect of the otherwise transformative presidency of Barack Obama: the failure to deliver tangible security and opportunity to those Americans most in need of both.

They Can't Kill Us All is a galvanizing book that offers more than just behind-the-scenes coverage of the story of citizen resistance to police brutality. It will also explain where the movement came from, where it is headed and where it still has to go.

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  • 3.5 starsI've been thinking about this review for some time; I have so many jumbled thoughts about the book, the author, and the subject matter that i'm finding it hard to know where to start or even ...

  • In his Acknowledgments, Wesley Lowery calls the victims of racial violence "Rorschach tests in a divided nation’s debate of race and justice." That seems a particularly appropriate choice of metapho...

  • This book is a short but vital description of many of the key incidents that led to the movement of #BlackLivesMatter becoming a national and internationally recognised theme. It's a non-fiction, pers...

  • Journalists try not to become part of the stories they cover. That choice was taken from Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery when police arrested him and Huffington Post’s Ryan Reilly as they wor...

  • I read this to learn more about Ferguson and the Black Lives Matter movement, and in that sense the book fulfilled its purpose, though I’m not sure I gleaned anything I couldn’t have just by payin...

  • This book should be listed on essential reading lists. Lowery discusses the killing of Michael Brown and other unarmed African-Americans who died at the hands of police. Lowery is a journalist who cov...

  • The bitter taste of injustice is intoxicating on the tongue of a traumatized people. (p. 59)Disclaimer: I am a white, female, middle-class, middle-aged, overly educated librarian in a wealthy, predomi...

  • ... One day, one month, one year from now, after you leave, it's still going to be fucked up in Ferguson...as a print reporter for the washington post Wesley Lowery has written an extensively research...

  • 4.5*A difficult, enlightening and worthwhile read...

  • Abandoned 1/3 of the way into the book.What I wanted: a look at why did #BlackLivesMatter emerge when it did. Was a movement such as this always in our future? What does BLM stand for? What does it se...

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