Negroes have always held, the lowest jobs, the most menial jobs, which are now being destroyed by automation. No remote provision has yet been made to absorb this labor surplus. Furthermore, the Negro’s education, North and South, remains, almost totally, a segregated education. And, the police treat the Negro like a dog.
By James Baldwin, July 1966
Today’s events make all of us wonder what has changed in fifty years and what has stayed the same. We would like to live in a country where we can be safe, can work, can send our kids to school, can marry whoever we want, can have privacy, opportunities, dreams.
I can’t stop thinking about the four year old sitting in the back seat while the man was shot by the police.
America! What have we become?