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Racial Justice Protests and The Media: Unprecedented and Routine Violence
In May 2020, George Floyd was murdered by police officer Derek Chauvin in yet another instance of state violence against Black people. In response to Floyd’s murder, millions of people experiencing compounded precarity due to the COVID-19 pandemic took to the streets in protest, a mass movement that became known as The George Floyd Uprisings. Anticipating the two-year anniversary of Floyd’s murder, this webinar examines the relationship between routine and unprecedented violence and the role of media during and after the George Floyd Uprisings. Panelists will suggest how we might seize on that analysis to advance the fight for Black lives and to prepare for future mass rebellions.

Panelists:

Joy James, Ebenezer Fitch Professor of Humanities, Williams College

Shemon Salam, Lecturer, Social Thought and Political Economy Program, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Matt Tierney, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Digital Culture and Media Initiative, Penn State University

Apr 15, 2022 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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