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Be a Hero for Hire and Help The Root Make Kinja Better  Be a Hero for Hire and Help The Root Make Kinja Better 

Editor’s note: Thank you to everyone who participated; we got enough volunteers. Also, apologies to our non-18-to-35 readers! The firm conducting the survey was specifically interested in that age group, but that doesn’t mean if you’re over 35 we don’t love you. We love you! We read all your comments, and we all…

#WeWontBeSilent: The Root Creates New Social Media Movement #WeWontBeSilent: The Root Creates New Social Media Movement

Like many of you, I was depleted by news of multiple police-involved shootings during the week of July 4. On July 5, Alton Sterling was shot in Baton Rouge, La., and by July 6, social media was ablaze with his name. I Googled him to find out what was happening, already knowing that this hashtag was to commemorate a…

#WeWontBeSilent: 2 Things the DOJ Can Do Now to Stop Police Violence #WeWontBeSilent: 2 Things the DOJ Can Do Now to Stop Police Violence

Two more black men became a hashtag on Twitter last week: Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. It’s a modern marker of our times, of an unnatural death publicly witnessed through a cellphone-camera lens. They were both killed by police officers for dubious reasons: They owned guns in states where carrying guns…

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