Everybody is missing the key element of this challenge. Fundamental social change will not happen at the national level. (Although courageous and coherent national leadership would be really helpful.). It must come from the grassroots up. It must begin in local communities throughout the nation. For example : how many of the following questions can any of us answer:
How many black law enforcement officers are on the East Hampton Police force?
What percentage is this of the local force?
How many black officers are on the Suffolk County law enforcement agency? What percentage?
What is the extent and quality of local police training in Anti-Bias Law enforcement practices?
Does East Hampton have an Anti-Bias Task Force?
Are they active or merely window-dressing?
How many minorities are in local elected public office?
How many black citizens are on the Town/County Democratic and Republican Committees?
What are we doing to recruit more minorities onto the political committees?
You get the gist…. I will get off my soapbox now & I apologize. I have a former local official trapped inside me who occasionally demands to be heard!
NB: just change the name of the town to “Anytown, Anystate, USA” and then send to your local newspaper!