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WHAT I DO: Write about race, ethnicity, and other topics for The Associated Press.
WHAT I DON'T DO: Opinions. I'm a reporter, not a columnist. My job is to illuminate the thoughts and lives of other people.
BUT: Of course I do have opinions, which inevitably affect what I write.
SO: I constantly seek out perspectives different than my own.
I'M ALSO A: Novelist. Magazine founder. Lifelong Baha'i.
By JESSE WASHINGTON
AP National Writer
August 26, 2014
FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — The choir sang, the preachers shouted and the casket stayed closed. The body was taken to the cemetery, and Michael Brown was laid to rest.
Thus went the most recent enactment of "the ritual" — the script of death, outrage, spin and mourning that America follows when an unarmed black male is killed by police. (read more)