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When I followed the news Friday morning of the shooting and killing of five police officers in Dallas, Texas, following repeated police killings of young African-American men around the country, I understood better the calm words I heard in my office the previous week – "Burn it down, man" – by a South Asian-British writer friend who was telling me about his latest novel.He was summarizing for me in a few words the inevitable need to do something – whether poetic or actual – about the frustration and humiliation that accumulate in the lives of men and women of color like himself who suffer lifetimes of dehumanizing mistreatment in white-majority cultures like England and the United States, but also in others around the world. Each person, movement, and society chooses different ways to resist oppression, always with different results.Mostly, resistance around the world has been non-violent, civil and political, which was the case with the epic Arab uprisings in 2011 that were perhaps the most massive example of what I am talking about.
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