Neil deGrasse Tyson Recalls a “Dozen Different Encounters” of Police Racial Bias

Following the recent deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, the 114th and 115th known black men to have been fatally shot by police this year, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson shared an excerpt on Tuesday from his book Dark Matters, recounting his own experiences being racially profiled by police — a reminder that no person of color is ever immune. According to the passage, which he posted to Facebook, Tyson was attending a conference for the National Society of Black Physicists in 1991 when a banquet with free-flowing drinks and light conversation turned into a heavy discussion of everyday racism. "One by one we each recalled multiple incidents of being stopped by the police," Tyson wrote. Read More


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