Chavis: A Familiar Tale of Police Misconduct

We seem to live in a bizarre universe where violence against unarmed black men is OK.

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As crazed white males unleash senseless terror on innocent victims from Oak Creek, Wis., to Aurora, Colo., African-American youths are stopped and searched at the whim of racially biased law enforcement and in the process denied their Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable stop and seizure. And when they die -- under increasingly curious circumstances -- Americans, in the words of Toni Morrison, "acquiesce and say the victim had no right to live."

We are wrong, of course, but it's too late. Much, much, much too late.

Edward Wyckoff Williams is contributing editor at The Root. He is a columnist and political analyst, appearing on MSNBC, Al-Jazeera, CBS Washington and national syndicated radio. Follow him on Twitter and on Facebook.

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