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Yvonne Abraham

Fatal differences

“Humble yourself - as quickly as you possibly can.’’

That’s what Ronia Stewart, an Eastern Bank executive from Dorchester, has often told her son, now 19. It’s what mothers all over the country tell their black sons: If a police officer stops you, even if you know you’re in the right, say “Yes, Sir,’’ and “No, Sir.’’ Answer every question calmly.

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