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From #BlackLivesMatter to Beijing: Approaches to Combating Racism

Protesters hold a "Black Lives Matter" sign and raise their fists as they march through Greenwich Village in a demonstration over the death of George Floyd by Minneapolis Police on June 19, 2020 in New York. Bryan R. Smith / AFP

As the Black Lives Matter protests spread and demands to defund the police take shape, Americans are seemingly awakening to the centuries of anti-black racism that has plagued our country. 

From slavery to Jim Crow to redlining to mass incarceration, it’s no question that anti-blackness has been enshrined in the American state since the beginning. In response, black Americans are taking to the streets. They’re protesting, rioting, and organizing to demand change. And this time, they are being heard

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