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America’s Failed State, Empathy as Strength and How to Make a Difference Long After the Protests End

Absolutely gutted by what’s been happening in our streets these last few days. It’s hard to watch what’s unfolding and not think we’re living in a failed state: Army Humvees cruising up my block; cops firing pepper balls at pregnant women; throwing old folks to the ground; driving into crowds; macing medics; pepper spraying the press; pepper spraying children; shooting people in the face with tear gas canisters; attacking commuters in their cars; enjoying the hell out themselves and the carnage.

The cops understand they can say “NO” to all of this, right? Because there’s no honor in shooting women in the eyes with rubber bullets.

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