Kimani Gray, Afrophobia and Systems Change


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On March 9th, 2013, 16-year old Kimani Gray was shot and killed by two plainclothes NYPD police officers.  The East Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn responded with protests, vigils and public outrage. Since Gray’s shooting death falls on the heels of a series of such acts nationally, we at DS4SI want to share how we are thinking about this problem, with the humble hope that it will be a useful tool for activists around the country.

Click here for a short PDF on using our "Five S" methodology to think through the structures, systems, sensations, scale and symbols that can help us set the problem within the larger national context of Afrophobia, as well as helping us think about new ways to address the shooting and connect it to other complex problems facing our communities.