They Can't Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement
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They Can't Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement


A deeply reported book that brings alive the quest for justice in the deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and Freddie Gray, offering both unparalleled insight into the reality of police violence in America and an intimate, moving portrait of those working to end it

Conducting hundreds of interviews during the course of over one year reporting on the ground, Washington Post writer Wesley Lowery traveled from Ferguson, Missouri, to Cleveland, Ohio; Charleston, South Carolina; and Baltimore, Maryland; and then back to Ferguson to uncover life inside the most heavily policed, if otherwise neglected, corners of America today.

In an effort to grasp the magnitude of the repose to Michael Brown's death and understand the scale of the problem police violence represents, Lowery speaks to Brown's family and the families of other victims other victims' families as well as local activists. By posing the question, "What does the loss of any one life mean to the rest of the nation?" Lowery examines the cumulative effect of decades of racially biased policing in segregated neighborhoods with failing schools, crumbling infrastructure and too few jobs.

Studded with moments of joy, and tragedy, They Can't Kill Us All offers a historically informed look at the standoff between the police and those they are sworn to protect, showing that civil unrest is just one tool of resistance in the broader struggle for justice. As Lowery brings vividly to life, the protests against police killings are also about the black community's long history on the receiving end of perceived and actual acts of injustice and discrimination. They Can't Kill Us All grapples with a persistent if also largely unexamined aspect of the otherwise transformative presidency of Barack Obama: the failure to deliver tangible security and opportunity to those Americans most in need of both.

They Can't Kill Us All is a galvanizing book that offers more than just behind-the-scenes coverage of the story of citizen resistance to police brutality. It will also explain where the movement came from, where it is headed and where it still has to go.

Title:They Can't Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages

    They Can't Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement Reviews

  • Trish
    Dec 09, 2016

    In his Acknowledgments, Wesley Lowery calls the victims of racial violence "Rorschach tests in a divided nation?s debate of race and justice." That seems a particularly appropriate choice of metapho...

  • Emma
    Jan 17, 2017

    3.5 starsI've been thinking about this review for some time; I have so many jumbled thoughts about the book, the author, and the subject matter that i'm finding it hard to know where to start or even ...

  • Brian Hickey
    Dec 29, 2016

    #blacklivesmatter - 'It's a modern iteration of a struggle that has existed for hundreds of years.' When it comes to race and issues related to racial inequality, it's evident that America is a divide...

  • Bookworm
    Nov 23, 2016

    A good read that puts recent events in context. Wesley Lowery may not be a household name to you but he is the reporter at the Washington Post that unexpectedly became the story during the Ferguson pr...

  • Andre
    Nov 28, 2016

    A worthy recap of some of the more recent and prominent shootings of young Black men. Starting with Michael Brown and his covering of this murder as a reporter for The Washington Post. He was one of t...

  • Walter
    Jan 03, 2017

    Wow! This enthralling account of the deaths of so many (virtually exclusively unarmed) Black men and women at the hands of police and the development of the Movement for Black Lives that has sprung fr...

  • Kelly
    Dec 14, 2016

    A crucial look at the birth of the Movement for Black Lives.(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic ARC for review through NetGalley. Trigger warning for discussions of racism and violence.)"It...

  • April Duclos
    Dec 21, 2016

    I really wanted this to be better written because the topic is so important and still so very much in need of discussion. Lowery has some great character pieces for some key members of the newest gene...

  • Richard
    Dec 24, 2016

    This book is terribly disorganized. It meanders a lot. At one point, the author begins to describe his life story as though the book was an autobiography. If you are expecting it to have been a profes...

  • Henry Fuhrmann
    Dec 11, 2016

    "They Can't Kill Us All" is sobering in its recounting of the many prominent police killings of unarmed black men in the last few years, yet inspiring in its profiles of the mostly young activists who...