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Adam Toledo

It all seems like too much.

Another child (13 years old!) shot to death with his hands up.

This is, sadly, the America I know. The America where I always look for idling cars when I’m on walks. Where I choose vacation spots based on the likelihood that I’ll be the only person of color in the city. Where I take my hands out of my pocket whenever I see law enforcement.

Another dead 13-year old.

I’m unsurprised, and am terrified that I’m unsurprised.

We have to do better. We just have to.

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