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uniforms, these were women, men, and children in jeans, sweats, and coveralls, with skin colors from purplish black to dark brown to golden tan and everything in between. A crew on the sidelines unfurled a huge banner that read: 400 years— when will it end? In the margins, in smaller letters, were the words, “Slavery,” “Jim Crow,” “Urban Renewal,” “Racial Profi ling,” “Night Riders of the Confederacy,” “kkk,” “White Flight,” and “Homeland Security.” The police moved in on the fi rst black demonstrators that got into the street and tried to push them back onto the sidelines. The demonstrators were well trained, going limp as soon as they were touched. Apparently the police were under orders not to arrest them. Instead two cops carried each of the protesters to the sidewalk, where they would get up and duck under the ropes again. In less than a minute the police were overwhelmed. Black & White 327 It was fl awlessly staged, and now Michael saw ringleaders in the crowd, talking on cell phones, making hand
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