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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?

Our freedom is at stake: the murder exposes a crisis of civil liberties Show more Show less

This approach believes that this crisis hinges on the relationship between the state and the individual. It focuses on police brutality and state-sanctioned violence against innocent citizens.
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Crushing protest is unpatriotic

The problem with the police and military shutdowns of these protest is a constitutional one. It is a direct violation of the enshrined right to free speech. That these orders are coming from the President, illustrates a dangerous shift towards a nation deprived of fundamental right: the first amendment. Once the right to protest has been taken away, our civil liberties hang by a thread. And so does what it means to be an American. Proponents include Professor Garett Epps and Director of U.S. Free Expression Programs at PEN America, Nora Benavidez.
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