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These people are protesting because they are tired, because they are worn out, because they are exhausted by violence against themselves and their communities. Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images

What is intolerance fatigue, and how is it fueling Black Lives Matter protests?

In current demonstrations, there are echos of a civil rights era catchphrase: People are 'sick and tired of being sick and tired.'
A protester holds up a sign with Breonna Taylor’s name. Taylor was killed by police officers on March 13. Brett Carlsen/Getty Images

A short history of black women and police violence

Young men make up the majority of black people killed by police in the US. That's fed a perception that black women are somehow shielded from the threat of police violence. They aren't.
A protester raises a fist in New York’s Washington Square Park during a June 2, 2020 demonstration. Ira L. Black/Corbis via Getty Images

Where are the African American leaders?

Sweeping changes were possible in the past because black leaders were willing to risk their lives and call out problems before they became crises.

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