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At a time of heightened tensions over police use of force, a 20-minute video has been making the rounds in which a half-dozen officers block a man from seeing his 50-year-old mother after she died suddenly. Police say no undue force was used in letting a brief investigation take place undisturbed.
What does this year’s Fourth of July mean to Black America? The same question was asked July 5, 1852, by Frederick Douglass in his speech, “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” He referred to an “immeasurable distance” between black and white America still revealed in every metric in society.