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Alyssa Richardson
Alyssa Richardson

A friend of 2012 Furman graduate Alyssa Richardson recently posted this quip on Facebook: ‘I’m working on an antidote for the shoot-an-unarmed-black-person epidemic that’s sweeping America.” Though it managed to get dozens of “likes,” the post seemed overly dramatic to Richardson. At least until she realized the “shoot-an-unarmed-black-person epidemic” had found its way into her hometown of Columbia. Richardson, who graduated from Furman with a degree in economics and political science and now attends Harvard Law School, wrote an op-ed for The State newspaper about a recent shooting in Columbia.

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