07/11/2014 05:01 pm ET Updated Jul 11, 2014

Remember The Zimmerman Verdict With An Evolved Approach To Gun Violence


I moved to the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in Central Brooklyn last October. Despite increasing signs of gentrification, Bedford-Stuyvesant is a predominately black neighborhood with a median income of $36,535. Many Bed-Stuy residents have encountered the judicial system at some point in their lives.

Late last month, there was a shooting nearby, amid what the New York Post referred to as a “bloody start to summer.” I think about the communities, like mine, plagued by violence every day. How did we get here?

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