Craig Cutler for The Washington Post

I’ve been reporting on race for 40 years. Can we ever fix what’s broken?

I feel a burning need for the country to act decisively. And I fear we’re running out of time

Washington Post
Oct 27, 2016 · 12 min read


Rakeyia Scott filmed a cellphone video during her husband Keith Lamont Scott’s fatal encounter with Charlotte police officers on Sept. 20. (Editor’s note: This video contains graphic images and language.) (Family of Keith Lamont Scott)

President Obama delivered the eulogy at the funeral of South Carolina state Sen. Clementa Pinckney, the pastor who was fatally shot in his Emanuel AME Church along with eight others. (WhiteHouse.gov)
Philando Castile, 32, was fatally shot by a police officer at a traffic stop outside St. Paul. His girlfriend, Diamond “Lavish” Reynolds, and her 4-year-old daughter were in the car with him. Reynolds live streamed the aftermath on Facebook. Here’s what you need to know. (Monica Akhtar, Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post)


A cycle of racial strife we can’t seem to break: From left, Rodney King after the recorded police beating in 1991. O.J. Simpson on trial in 1995, and Ferguson, Mo., in 2014, after the news of no indictment in the death of Michael Brown. (From left to right, AP; Vince Bucci/AP; Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

The Washington Post

News and analysis from around the world. Founded in 1877.

Washington Post

Written by

News and analysis from around the world. Founded in 1877.

The Washington Post

News and analysis from around the world. Founded in 1877.