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Watch As One Boy Lays Out An Experience Most White People Will Never Have To Worry About

Kasiem Walters experienced his first stop-and-frisk by the NYPD when he was 13. THIRTEEN. Yep, a 13-year-old black boy on his way to school is definitely a big menace to society — that totally makes sense. Kasiem's story is a stark, sad reminder that there is something seriously wrong when the police are demonizing citizens so they feel like criminals.

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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