Review: They Can’t Kill Us All by Wesley Lowery

they-cany-kill-us-allTitle: They Can’t Kill Us All – The Story of Black Lives Matter

Author: Wesley Lowery

Pages: 256 Pages

Publisher: Penguin

The Blurb

A deeply reported book on the birth of the Black Lives Matter movement, offering unparalleled insight into the reality of police violence in America, and an intimate, moving portrait of those working to end it.

In over a year of on-the-ground reportage, Washington Post writer Wesley Lowery travelled across the US to uncover life inside the most heavily policed, if otherwise neglected, corners of America today. In an effort to grasp the scale of the response to Michael Brown’s death and understand the magnitude of the problem police violence represents, Lowery conducted hundreds of interviews with the families of victims of police brutality, as well as with local activists working to stop it.

Lowery investigates the cumulative effect of decades of racially biased policing in segregated neighbourhoods with constant discrimination, failing schools, crumbling infrastructure and too few jobs. Offering a historically informed look at the standoff between the police and those they are sworn to protect, They Can’t Kill Us All demonstrates that civil unrest is just one tool of resistance in the broader struggle for justice. And at the end of President Obama’s tenure, it grapples with a worrying and largely unexamined aspect of his legacy: the failure to deliver tangible security and opportunity to the marginalised Americans most in need of it.

The Review

Black Lives Matter is an organisation that has been born out of the heinous – and quite frankly avoidable – prejudice that has happened towards people of colour in America. As a white person I know how lucky I am to not have to worry about my skin colour affecting the way that I am generally perceived by society. I don’t say that with necessary pride but with the privilege that a shockingly unjust history has provided society.

It is difficult due to my colour to ever really empathise with those who are affected on a day to day basis due to the corrupt and unfair policing system but I wanted to read this book because I support any cause that aims to eradicate racial profiling, racism or prejudice of any kind.

Wesley Lowery, an American journalist has documented the killings at the hands of the police in his non-fiction release They Can’t Kill Us All – The Story of Black Lives Matter. He does so with a sharp eye for detail, unwavering honesty and heartbreaking emotion. With his inside knowledge of activist groups and relationships with the family members of victims you get a rounded knowledge of what it feels like to be black in America.

At a time when politics seems at an all time low and when corruption seems at an all time high this book – They Can’t Kill Us All – The Story of Black Lives Matter – is all the more important.

They Can’t Kill Us All – The Story of Black Lives Matter by Wesley Lowery is available from 26th January 2017.

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