“Fuck Your Breath”: Black Men and Youth, State Violence, and Human Rights in the 21st Century


This essay uses personal anecdotes to confront police brutality against Black people living in the United States, assesses both human rights implications and global response mechanisms to anti-Black violence, and proposes solutions to address this pervasive problem. Dr. Levitt calls upon Black people to become stakeholders in the fight for freedom by reconstructing a number of unfortunate dualities in the United States system that put the rights of whites above those of others. In conclusion, Levitt calls for change and a halt to “systematic maltreatment of African-Americans by police agencies.”


racism, police brutality, human rights, Ferguson

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Dr. Jeremy I Levitt (Florida A&M University College of Law)



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