A button adorns the jacket of a mourner at the funeral for George Floyd on June 9.
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A number of U.S. mediums have claimed contact with the spirit of the late George Floyd. Their ‘channelling’ continues a tradition of white spiritualists whitewashing black lives.
Minneapolis, a city still split along racial lines.
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Despite its progressive image, Minneapolis is one of the most segregated cities in the United States. That is by design not accident, argues an urban planning scholar.
Dade Correctional Institution where mentally ill prisoner Darren Rainey was locked in a shower stall and died in June 2012.
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Violence in the criminal-justice system isn’t limited to police. It’s time to pay more attention to violent deaths within state prisons.
John Lewis linked arms with religious leaders, including Dr. Martin Luther King, while marching from Selma to Montgomery in 1965.
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From the earliest days of the civil rights struggle, Black religious leaders have infused the fight for justice with spirituality. Rep. Lewis and Rev. Vivian are no exception.
Protesters against racist police violence encounter police in Washington, D.C., on May 31.
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When African Americans press 'record' to film police brutality, they are challenging a nation not to look away.
George Floyd’s death sparked a movement.
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A political scientist says the protests against police violence that have swept the US signal welcome social change – and could dramatically alter the work she’s done for five years.
The Say Their Names Cemetery commemorating the lives of black victims of police violence.
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The #SayTheirNames campaign recalls the long struggle by Black Americans to assert their humanity in death, with roots in the fight for slave burials.
A ‘Black Lives Matter’ billboard hangs above a Modell’s in New York.
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Big businesses often engage in social activism because they want to sway public policy outcomes. They’re not exclusively trying to appeal to liberal customers.
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As the Black Lives Matter movement has , statues of figures linked to slavery have been removed. Such actions are just symbolic, however. What is at stake is the systemic transformation of the present.
Muslims demonstrate against police brutality and racial injustice in Brooklyn.
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Race, class and national identity mean that views within the American Muslim community vary when it comes to such hot-button issues as policing, protests and discrimination.
At the Navajo Nation town of Fort Defiance, Arizona, staff pack food boxes. The Navajo Nation now has the highest per capita COVID-19 infection rate in the U.S.
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Tribal lands are hot spots for COVID-19 infections and deaths. Racism is one of the reasons.
Will protests on campus look different after COVID-19?
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A 2018 study found that Black activist students were less likely to get a response to their college inquiries. A sociologist discusses whether the protests of 2020 will do anything to change that.
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The racial unrest in the US has drawn accusations of hypocrisy and questions on democratic legitimacy from around the globe, world, including those in Indo-Pacific.
William Barr walks through Lafayette Park before demonstrators were cleared by federal police on June 1, 2020.
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Do US attorneys general act in the public’s interest, or the interest of the president who appointed them?
Construction workers extracted a Calhoun statue in Charleston, South Carolina on June 24, 2020.
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Despite his defense of slavery, the former vice president and US senator from South Carolina has been honored with statues and streets, schools and counties. That’s finally changing.
Rapper YG, center in white, at a June 7 protest over the death of George Floyd.
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Rap songs from Public Enemy and Ludacris have been heard at marches over the killing of George Floyd. But the history of Black American music as a form of protest dates back to the 19th century.
The National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama, documents the lynchings of more than 4,400 people between 1877 and 1950.
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Research into how war-torn and fractured nations find justice and societal reconciliation finds ways to establish sustainable and lasting peace in divided societies.
A vigil in protest against an execution in Virginia in 2009.
The racist legacy of the American death penalty.
San Francisco mayor London Breed declaring a shelter-in-place order early in the coronavirus pandemic, March 17, 2020.
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Four decades after Ellen Craig-Jones of Urbancrest, Ohio, became the US’s first Black woman mayor, seven of the nation’s largest cities are lead by Black women. And what a time to be in charge.
An Iraqi militia member inspects the site of an Islamic State attack on Iraqi troops on May 3.
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The Islamic State is asking its followers to worsen the global pandemic, and its fighters are celebrating the toll disease and racism are taking on US society.