Thousands of police officers are taking a knee. Will it make a difference?
One reason why the gesture of kneeling on one leg may not be persuasive is that, as with personal religious gestures, it comes down to an individual, said J. Kameron Carter, professor who studies race. Carter said he was willing to grant that these police officers taking the knee were genuine in their opposition to the behavior of the Minneapolis police. But he added: "We still want to talk in terms of bad cop, good cop. The issues are being interpreted not in terms of a structural problem in this country, but policing at the individual level."Read the article