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As far as I know, the only good thing that happens to African Americans since the creation of the United States of America in 1776 is probably the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery in 1865. Since then (more than 155 years ago) I am not aware of any major change in term of equal opportunity economically, socially, educationally and employment-wise. Emotional talks and reactions take us nowhere, nor dose incidents such as the horrible daylight killing of George Floyd, which have been alarmingly on the rise the last three to four decades.

What I saw in America observing sad cases such as Rodney King, Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin and now George Floyd and so many others, is just a typical scenario. Few days' unrest accompanied by lip service from politicians who project sympathy but do nothing.

An implementable doable road map leading to insuring justice for African Americans (I am not including other minorities since the injustice and inequality is clearest among African Americans) is what is needed.

Here is an example:

What needs to be institutionalized?

First: US congress with both houses must be representative of the US citizens' demography. I am not sure what is the percentage of African Americans of the total US population nor I am aware of the percentage of African Americans among the combined number of Congress men/women in US Congress both houses. But I am sure, for example, if African Americans are 20% of the population and 2% of the legislators, then we have a wound. The same goes for university admission, house ownership, healthcare and employment. It is like building a house, you have to set the base right and if you don't you will never have peace because you will always be worried the house might collapse; or like a patient who come to the hospital for inflated appendix but the doctor goes for the easy cheap solution giving him pain killer rather than removing the appendix.

Second: Another alarming ratio is the number of African Americans in US prisons compared to the number of African American policemen. I tend to believe the ratio is horrifyingly low.

A comprehensive review should be done by an independent body with a mixed team of black and white experts equal in numbers, ranking and seniority to review the structure, process, recruitment, training and other police conduct to ensure non-bias in police activity.

Third: Trace and eliminate any supremacy radical group and ensure any Confederate leftover is cleaned. America has fought a civil war to ensure justice and equality for all and no group or militia should jeopardize that.

Fourth: For white Americans in government and the media: Stop calling non-whites people-of-color and admit that white is color and white people are people of color as well.

Fifth: Keep fighting drug abuse, which is devastating both white and black families. Most of the misconduct you see on the streets can be traced back to drug abuse.

What is needed from some African Americans (and this is purely my personal view):

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