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The discrepancy between that hope and the reality of police shootings of people of color is a chasm of such magnitude that it defies description. "The disparity between how some police treat young black men was evident on the videotapes of Oscar Grant's killing," said Jakadi Imani, executive director of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. "Make no mistake about it, if a bunch of black police had a few white young men on a BART platform, and one of them then was killed like this, you would have seen immediate arrests and you would have seen the police chief of BART fired. Many folks might want to believe that we live in a post-racial era when, in fact, we do not. The life of young black men has to mean something more than what it does — not just to the police, but to the whole society."
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