As a society, we watch the horrific video of that police officer killing Daunte Wright
, an unarmed Black man, during a traffic stop in suburban Minnesota and tell ourselves — once again —this is not who we are
But those words are a lie. This is exactly who we are, and it is what this country has allowed law enforcement to become, as evidenced by the endless, stomach-turning routine of police harassing, wounding or killing unarmed Black and Brown people.
If we’re going to halt this cycle of violence at the hands of the state — and not just give lip service to the idea — we must finally face the fact that the police are a reflection of this society. They are not some separate reality. They are America.