In 2020, Americans have turned out to protest both coronavirus shutdown orders and police brutality.
Recent protests in honor of George Floyd have drawn ire from some who oppose the destruction of property, calling participants “un-American," but the performance of protest and rebellion is historically patriotic.
What is America’s history with collective uprisings against racial injustice? Is there a difference in how white protestors are treated versus protestors of color? How have rebellions influenced real change?
How have national and local governments and law enforcement bodies responded to these demonstrations? What legal rights do protestors have if they are arrested?
- Peniel Joseph, director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy and professor of history and public affairs at the University of Texas at Austin
- Kellie Carter Jackson, assistant professor of humanities and Africana studies at Wellesley College
- Andre Segura, legal director for the ACLU of Texas
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*This interview was recorded on Monday, June 8.
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