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How do we think about the George Floyd murder? Show more Show less

On May 25 2020, George Floyd was suffocated to death by the police. Floyd had been arrested on suspicion of using a counterfeit $20 bill. In chilling footage that would go viral within 24 hours, officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than 8 minutes ignoring Floyd's repeated pleas for him to move. The asphyxiation led to his cardiac arrest. Floyd's death has so far inspired protests across more than 75 US cities, calling for an end to police brutality and institutional racism. The responses to these riots have included state-wide curfews, the threat of military intervention, attacks on the media and civilian arrests. The situation has given rise to a complex debate with commentators arguing over what precisely it has exposed about contemporary America. So, who are these groups, what do they stand for, and why?

Leaders create nations: the murder exposes the ongoing American political crisis Show more Show less

This approach believes that political machinations are responsible for civil unrest and social stability. In this case, the response from political leadership has allowed the murder to grow into a national catastrophe.
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The crisis has grown out of protracted political failures

The current crisis and the structural inequality it represents are the direct result of political failures more than five decades ago. Early civil rights called for socio-economic inclusion and were ignored. The result is the growth of a deeply segregated state, where law enforcement protect the white and the wealthy from minorities. From the Johnson administration on, these issues have been looked at from the top-down. That is why they have failed. A state built on oppression cannot itself put an end to embedded injustice without first giving agency to the grassroots. Proponents include author and journalist Elizabeth Hinton.
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