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  • A protester waving a black-and-white American flag in Ferguson, Missouri, last night

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Hey, did you read:

James Baldwin on racism in America, ca. 1968: “It is not the black people who have to cool it, because they won’t. . . . You know, I’m not at all sure that we are the ones who are being hurt the most. In fact I’m sure we are not. We are the ones who are dying fastest.” Aimee Levitt

• About “Why It’s Impossible to Indict a Cop“? John Dunlevy

• About how unlikely it is for grand juries not to indict someone (unless you’re a police officer)? Tal Rosenberg

• About the profoundly conflicting testimony the Ferguson grand jury heard? Steve Bogira

• Or see this video of Michael Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, after it was announced that Darren Wilson would not be indicted? Aimee Levitt

This new report on what the federal government could do to reduce racial segregation and concentrated poverty? Steve Bogira

• About declining wages in factories nationwide? Tal Rosenberg

• About the success of the Strand, the best bookstore in New York City? Tal Rosenberg

• That cocktail man Paul McGee (Three Dots and a Dash, Whistler) is leaving Lettuce Entertain You? Kevin Warwick

• About the set designer of Tim Burton’s Batman? Tal Rosenberg

• Or see this series of photographs showing “retro-futuristic” cars, such as the Jaguar XKE, modified to look as if they can fly? Tony Adler