There is a long history of police targeting communities of color, and The Nation has been there for nearly 150 years, reporting on the subjugation wrought by those in positions of power. It is crucial that the institution of policing undergoes a complete overhaul. Law enforcement doesn't need tanks and body armor to protect public safety. Stand with The Nation today as we continue to advocate for the demilitarization of our streets. —Mychal Denzel Smith, contributing writer
Police in Ferguson, photo taken by Steven Hsieh.