Living While Black in America

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Stories are legion of fearful parents of Black children having to caution them about how to conduct themselves in encounters with police. The fear stems from a long history of police violence and harassment against Black people, including the tragic killing of George Floyd earlier this year under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer. It’s a fear Bay Area Council Board member and Siebert Williams Shank & Co. Partner Gary Hall is all too familiar with. His son has autism, which makes him even more vulnerable. His son’s story was featured recently in an ABC 7 news feature—Our America: Living While Black—highlighting how Black people with disabilities are 55% more likely to be arrested. It’s a troubling, heartbreaking and eye-opening story that offers important lessons for addressing racial inequity and injustice in our society.

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