The Call for a President of Black America

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Former NAACP President Benjamin Jealous, the Rev. Al Sharpton and the Rev. Jesse Jackson march with Trayvon Martin supporters through the historically African-American community of Goldsboro on their way to an NAACP rally in front of the Sanford Police Department on March 31, 2012, in Sanford, Fla.  MARIO TAMA/GETTY IMAGES Former NAACP President Benjamin Jealous, the Rev. Al Sharpton and the Rev. Jesse Jackson march with Trayvon Martin supporters through the historically African-American community of Goldsboro on their way to an NAACP rally in front of the Sanford Police Department on March 31, 2012, in Sanford, Fla.
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Every so often, an incident symptomatic of deeper issues triggers a release valve for collective despair. The killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., sparked a movement much larger than concerns about the aggressive policing of black men. The marches and protests are a larger commentary about the economic and societal disenfranchisement of black people and the response to Brown’s death is a coalescing event, sounding the latest clarion call for America to revisit her unresolved original sin.

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