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The Long Hot Summer Returns

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05.06.2020

The expression ‘long hot summer’ was born in the nineteen-fifties, when American Blacks first rebelled, eventually leading up to the appearance of Martin Luther King. King was assassinated in 1968, a few months before US Attorney General Jack Kennedy was also killed in the same context. From one decade to another, America’s black population, which today accounts for 13% of the total, gained in organizing capability, birthing Black Lives Matter in 2013 in response to the acquittal of the murderer of a candy-munching teenager, Trayvon Martin.

Each of the last seven years have been marked by the senseless killing of Black Americans going about their business, thus it is no surprise that the deliberate killing of a black man by a white policeman last week set off violent demonstrations across the country. What separates today’s situation from those that occurred starting in the nineteen fifties is that the incident was filmed by a cell-phone carrying public and immediately broadcast around the world.

Plainly unprepared for the stress, the young mayor of Minneapolis, where Floyd was killed, appealed for consolation as if he were the victim. Part of the problem is that while mayors appoint police chiefs, they have no authority over them. (It will be remembered that Mayor Pete........

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