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After Amadou

How much is life worth anyway?

How much is a life worth? I asked that as the four police who were on trial for the shooting death of Amadou Diallo were, one after the other, declared "not guilty." 
How much do African American and Latino brothers and sisters in Christ think this society believes their lives are worth as they connect the dots between Rodney King, Anthony Baez, Abner Louima and their own daily experiences of racial "profiling"?

Most African American adults I talked with were surprised that an innocent man can be brought down in a hail of 41 bullets at the entrance to his home and be blamed for his death.


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