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Academic: Racist violence part of the very fabric of US

Americans protest following Daunte Wright's killing, which occurred during the trial of former white police officer Derek Chauvin. (File photo by Getty Images)

Racist violence against Black people and other minorities has been “part of the very fabric” of the United States, according to American academic and political commentator Marjorie Cohn.

Cohn also said that the recent violent incidents involving white police officers are “part of systemic racist police violence against Black people” in America.

Cohn , who is a professor emeritus at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law, San Diego, California, and also a former president of the National Lawyers Guild, made the remarks in an online interview with Press TV on Saturday.

“From the day witnesses began to testify in the Chauvin trial on March 29, through April 18, at least 64 people in the US died at the hands of law enforcement. More than half of those victims were Black and Brown,” Cohn noted.  

“During the trial, 20-year-old Daunte Wright was shot and killed by a police officer very close to the courthouse where Chauvin was being tried. The officer claimed she was reaching for her Taser but grabbed her gun instead. Even if she had used the Taser, that would have constituted a use of excessive force. These are not isolated occurrences, but rather part of systemic racist police violence against Black people in the United States,” she stated.

Biden won’t ‘propose real systemic change’

The analyst said that new US President Joe Biden supports police reform and “is a vast improvement over” his predecessor, Donald Trump, but cautioned, “don’t expect him to propose real systemic change, including defunding and abolition of the police.”

Referring to America’s sordid history, Cohen said, “The United States was established in the wake of a long history of slavery and committed genocide on the indigenous peoples.”

“From the Slave Codes to the Black Codes, racist violence has been part of the very fabric of this country. Jim Crow laws, which followed Reconstruction, kept African-Americans oppressed. That legacy is embodied in today’s policing, which is steeped in systemic racist violence,” she added.

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