The death of Freddie Gray and the unfolding protests in Baltimore have once again focused the nation on racial injustice and police brutality. Although policing reforms are much needed, they alone will not placate the outraged protestors, or fix the systemic alienation of the African American community. The Arab American community knows all too well that major constitutional and practical shortcomings result from the government’s tendency to use law enforcement programs to correct and improve community “engagement” initiatives. Improved or increased law enforcement does not a happy community make. The deeply rooted racial injustice that seems to inspire government policing “solutions” only undermines efforts to integrate the same communities into the health, wealth, and security of our nation. We are with the people of Baltimore, demanding that the government doesn’t deal with us as problem children that must be policed.

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