July 2016 Shootings

The shooting deaths this week, first of more black men by police, then of Dallas police officers, feel particularly bleak. I want to say we’re at a breaking point, but I fear we may not be. The headlines on the New York Times’s digital front page, below, describe the past, present, and specter of the future. It’s a sort of poetry of horror:

Violence Divides a Nation Torn by Race

Here’s what we know about the shootings in Dallas, Baton Rouge and Minnesota

Ambush in Dallas: 5 Officers Die in Sniper Attack at Protest

Gunman Said to Be Army Veteran; Police Kill Him with Robot

Study Confirms That Use of Force Is More Likely on Blacks

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