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Ohio individuals protesting in front of the Statehouse in January 2023. Recent instances of police brutality, particularly sparked by the death of Tyre Nichols, have reignited the conversation of race relations in the United States.By Becker1999 -, CC BY 2.0,

How a 1992 study influenced public perception of police brutality

Katherine Moquete February 19, 2023
OPINION: In the last 10 years, there has been increased attention toward police violence. But, coverage of these victims will often fixate on alleged criminal pasts or decry them as “no angel” without placing blame on police officers.
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Local residents of Freeport gathered on June 7, 2020 to march for the Black Lives Matter protests. MAYA BROWN/THE STATESMAN

Defund the police because society should reassess our values if Black lives really matter

Maya Brown February 16, 2021
#OPINION: Every time I see a blue lives matter flag wavering in the wake of a cruel Black death, my stomach begins to compress. I cannot help myself from tracing down the complicated, yet broken system that is law enforcement in this country.
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Official cover The Bigger Picture by Lil Baby. PUBLIC DOMAIN

Rap continues to empower and push discourse around race relations in America

Catalina Benavides February 13, 2021
Rap music today reflects the messages of both Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. Rappers have used their platforms and lyrical talent to express to their audiences that the fight for equal rights for the Black community is not over. 
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The Weekly Wrap Up podcast logo. HANYA GAO/THE STATESMAN

The Weekly Wrap Up Ep. 17

Juliana Slocum November 18, 2020
This week, news covers the university's G/P/NC extension, arts reports on a student vigil held for Breonna Taylor and opinions speaks about government ideology. Tune in to hear these stories and more at the Weekly Wrap Up.
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Vigil held on Staller Steps for Breonna Taylor and other victims of police violence

Sam Rowland November 14, 2020
“It’s not a fancy hashtag. It’s not a publicity stunt. This is not a call for attention,” Figeroux said. “This is a call for action, justice, and call for our basic rights and an end to police brutality.”
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Yusef Salaam talks about Donald Trump, police brutality and the power of voting

Maya Brown November 1, 2020
Yusef Salaam, a member of the Exonerated Five who was accused and convicted of a Central Park sexual assault, spoke at Stony Brook University about a wide range of issues, including racial inequality in the American justice system, on Oct. 27. 
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A participant during the Black Lives Matter protests in front of Long Island City Courthouse in early June. RABIA GURSOY/THE STATESMAN

It’s time for white people to speak out against systemic racism in America

Joe McQueen June 21, 2020
People need to be anti-racist and publicly fight for reforms to begin dismantling the systems that oppress black people in the U.S.
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A Black Lives Matter protest in Stony Brook, NY on June 7. The protest is one of many around the nation that have been happening in response to police brutality and systemic racism. ALEK LEWIS/THE STATESMAN

Hundreds of locals gather in Stony Brook to protest police brutality

Alek Lewis June 15, 2020
The protesters shouted phrases like “no justice, no peace,” “don’t shoot,” “silence is violence,” “Black Lives Matter” and responded to the chant “say their name” with the names of those who have lost their lives to police brutality. 
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The logo for Stony Brooks Undergraduate Student Government (USG). STATESMAN FILE

USG statement on nationwide police violence against the black community

Shaheer Khan June 15, 2020
USG does not tolerate and denounces all forms of racist rhetoric and behavior targeted towards black people. We must stand together and condemn racism, anti-blackness and white supremacy.
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Local residents of Freeport gathered on June 7 to march for the Black Lives Matter protests. MAYA BROWN/THE STATESMAN

Stony Brook cultural organizations unify for Black Lives Matter fundraiser

Claudia Motley June 11, 2020
All money raised through the fundraiser goes to the Black Lives Matter Global Network, a chapter-based national organization that funds efforts to combat state-sanctioned violence and bring about liberation to the black community.
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Local protest from Freeport to Merrick stays five hours strong

Local protest from Freeport to Merrick stays five hours strong

Maya Brown June 10, 2020
“We’re not saying all lives matter, we’re saying black lives matter right now because we see the injustices that go against our brothers,” Victor Ngo, a Freeport resident said.
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The Black Lives Matter protests taking place in Cincinnati, OH on May 31, 2020. Stony Brook University made an official statement in reaction to nationwide protests after the murder of George Floyd.SARA RUBERG/THE STATESMAN

Stony Brook University administration releases a statement addressing the death of George Floyd

Alek Lewis June 2, 2020
“We must stand up and speak out against injustice and ignorance,” the statement said.
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