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?