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Listen and Stop: Racism in the U.S.

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By Tony Dombrowski

The conversations about race and racism in America have gotten a lot of attention over the last year. Following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN, on May 25, 2020, many people across the country voiced their frustrations over racism and police brutality in the United States.

One of those people was Oakland University senior Jaylen Horne.

“I’m not surprised anymore, just disappointed,” Horne said.

Last summer, Horne attended a Black Lives Matter protest in Detroit, MI, which was an experience he will always remember because of the raw emotion he saw in people.

“Being there (at the protest), it’s kind of like you see the raw emotion of every single person,” Horne said.

I sat down with Horne and talked about that experience of being at a Black Lives Matter protest, along with his thoughts on racism, and some personal experiences he had with police. Here is our discussion about racism in America (transcript available).

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