Memphis isn’t Boston, which isn’t Peoria, which isn’t Houston


Published February 10, 2023

WORLD Opinions

On Jan. 27, the Memphis police department released footage showing five of its officers brutally beating a young black man, Tyre Nichols, who later died of his injuries. The officers—all fired and charged with second-degree murder—were themselves each black, but that didn’t stop activists like Al Sharpton from attributing Nichols’ death to his skin color, or prevent protesters across the country from carrying signs emblazoned with slogans like “Stop the war on black America!”

Thankfully, most protests were peaceful, a far cry from the wave of violence unleashed by the killing of George Floyd in 2020. Nevertheless, they still highlighted unsettling trends in the continued fraying of America’s social fabric.

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Brad Littlejohn, Ph.D., is a Fellow in EPPC’s Evangelicals in Civic Life Program, where his work focuses on helping public leaders understand the intellectual and historical foundations of our current breakdown of public trust, social cohesion, and sound governance. His research investigates shifting understandings of the nature of freedom and authority, and how a more full-orbed conception of freedom, rooted in the Christian tradition, can inform policy that respects both the dignity of the individual and the urgency of the common good. He also serves as President of the Davenant Institute.

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