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Good read, and the summary is spot on

These cases do not negate the good that can, and hopefully will, come from America’s newfound determination to root out racial injustice. Given the gravity of police misconduct in this country, there is little doubt in my mind that the overall thrust of the changes set in motion by the protests over the murder of George Floyd is highly positive. Nevertheless, it would be a big mistake—especially for those who deeply care about social justice—to dismiss the fate of people such as Cafferty, Shor, and Wadi as a minor detail or a necessary price for progress.

First, these incidents damage the lives of innocent people without achieving any noble purpose.

Second, such injustices are liable to provoke a political backlash. If a lot of Americans come to feel that those who supposedly oppose racism are willing to punish the innocent to look good in the public’s eyes, they could well grow cynical about the enterprise as a whole.

Third, those of us who want to build a better society should defend the innocent because movements willing to sacrifice justice in the pursuit of noble goals have, again and again, built societies characterized by pervasive injustice.

One of the core tenets of liberal democracy is that people should not be punished for accusations against them that are unsubstantiated, for actions that are perfectly reasonable, or for offenses that were committed by others. No matter how worthy the cause they invoke, you should not trust anyone who seeks to abandon these fundamental principles.

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YASCHA MOUNK is a contributing writer at The Atlantic, an associate professor at Johns Hopkins University, a senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund, and a senior adviser at Protect Democracy. He is the author of The People vs. Democracy.

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Posted: 06/28/2020 at 09:46AM


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Interesting article. Hopefully not behind a paywall. -- Rampage 06/28/2020 01:12AM
  Firings ** -- Rampage 06/28/2020 3:30PM
  Good read, and the summary is spot on -- RAM Texas 06/28/2020 09:46AM
  I actually gave you a like for your post. -- 60s Rammie 06/28/2020 3:35PM
  Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in awhile. -- RAM Texas 06/28/2020 9:19PM
  Are you likening yourself to a squirrel? ** -- 60s Rammie 06/29/2020 12:54PM
  I've been called worse... ** -- RAM Texas 06/29/2020 12:55PM
  Me too. -- 60s Rammie 06/29/2020 12:57PM
  It's sad. ** -- ram-o-litous 06/28/2020 08:55AM

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