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Forging Understanding: A Black Internationalism For All Black People

By William C. Anderson

Lamine Dieng, Abou Bakari Tandia, and Mariam Getu Hagos. These are just a few names of Black people in France with similar stories to victims of police violence here in the United States. Lamine Dieng died after being restrained by five officers and thrown into a squad car where he stopped moving. Abou Bakari Tandia died mysteriously in his cell after being arrested. The police said he smashed his head against the wall of his cell, but the incongruous nature of their story points to deception about what really happened. And Mariam Getu Hagos died after being restrained by officers during his deportation.