Why George Floyd’s murder spawned a global wave of protests

The murder of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer sparked the most sustained wave of protests in the US since the 1960s, in addition to protests in Norway and countries all across the world. Issues of structural and systemic racism have been thrust into the mainstream discourse like never before. Do the events of the past month mark a turning point in how our societies view and deal with racism, or are things likely to revert to normal?

In this episode, Professor Erika Gubrium and Associate Professor Ariana Fernandes of the Institute of Social Work, Child Welfare and Social policy join host Jeff Lugowe for a deep dive into the circumstances surrounding this global protest movement and the state of systemic racism on both sides of the Atlantic. They discuss who has taken the lead in organizing the street protests, what the research tells us about structural racism in the US and Norway, and whether the mobilization we are currently witnessing will have a lasting impact on the societies we live in.

George Floyd graffiti wall
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