Over the next 24 hours, I watched as men and women came and went, many with cuts, bruises, and welts. I asked several of them how they’d been injured, and they described fierce struggles with the police. One young man cradled what he reported was a broken wrist. Another pulled up his shirt and revealed three Taser burns. Yet another removed his fitted cap and pointed to a swollen knot on his head. I exchanged uncomfortable glances with the few other white men in the cellblock.

    “Did they treat you like that?” I whispered.

    “No, you?”

    “No.” We held out our wrists to compare.

Shudder. Racism like that is horrifying, whether intentional or not.

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