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Berkeley effigies' powerful racial message was hurt by unclear intent
Berkeley effigies' powerful racial message was hurt by unclear intent

Early last Saturday, as students prepared for finals, two effigies were discovered hanging from UC Berkeley's famous Sather Gate. They were cardboard cutouts of blown-up photos: a black man and a black woman with the words "I can't breathe" stenciled across them. A similar figure was found hanging from a campus tree a block away. Word spread like wildfire. Students cramming for exams at the African American Studies department's "study jam" were shaken. "At first it was like: not again," said doctoral student Michael J. Myers II, 30, who fielded calls, texts and emails from family and friends. "There's no reprieve from everything...

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