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A Group Of Boys Ask Whether They're Next. What They Mean Makes My Heart Sink.

Have you ever had to ask any of the questions they're asking?

Police recently held the son of New York Times columnist Charles Blow at gunpoint. He was walking home from the library at Yale University. To the cops, he fit the description of a burglary suspect. He was shaken up, but his father was fuming.


The students of Georgetown University in the video below feel the same way.

Whether they're living in Ferguson, Missouri, or attending college at Yale or Georgetown, the point these students make is that they're always at risk of police brutality, always suspect to suspicion. They always have to ask a question many of us never consider: Am I next?

For some people, every day is Independence Day. For Janis Shinwari, this will be his first 4th of July as an American citizen. And boy, he earned it.

"If I was in Afghanistan—if I didn't come here, I wouldn't be alive now. I would be dead." Shinwari told CNN Heroes in 2018. Shinwari risked his life for nine years serving as a translator for U.S. forces in his native country of Afghanistan. He risked his life everyday knowing that should he be caught by the Taliban, the consequences would be severe. "If the Taliban catch you, they will torture you in front of your kids and families and make a film of you." Shinwari said. "Then [they'll] send it to other translators as a warning message to stop working with the American forces."

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