Wednesday watch: 23 ways you could be killed if you are black in America

One of the most heartbreaking things about the many tragic shootings of black people in the United States in recent years is that they send the message that any kind of behavior by black people can be seen as suspicious and threatening and cost them their lives. Opponents of the Black Lives Matter movement try to attribute blame to victims and prescribe what kind of behavior would have kept them safe. But as this simple, moving video featuring celebrities like Beyonce and Chance the Rapper shows, black people have been killed for mundane actions that any person should be able to do without fear for their lives.



Author: Rebecca Griffin

I am a passionate advocate for progressive causes with over a decade of experience organizing for social change. That organizing experience informs the way I look at the world and the challenges we face in working toward social justice. I started Of Means and Ends to write about social issues I care about and share my thoughts on how we organize in a smart, strategic way. Please visit and join the conversation.

7 thoughts on “Wednesday watch: 23 ways you could be killed if you are black in America”

  1. I’m from the city and the Mario Woods case I have to disagree with. He stabbed a dude prior to his run in with the police. No one is talking about the innocent guy he stabbed who now has permanent nerve damage from the stabbing. I’m sorry a criminal is a criminal. Calling a spade a spade. You cant ask me as a law abiding black man to support someone who is armed and dangerous. That could of been me he stabbed. Every black person killed by the police is a different situation. You cant cry wolf when you’re the criminal. Can’t compare Mario Woods to Trayvon Martin. Or anyone else’s case.


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