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The Source: #blacklivesmatter 2014 Word Of The Year

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The American Dialect Society's 2014 word of the year was #blacklivesmatter. The social media hashtag references the tragic deaths of several unarmed African American at the hands of police. Eric Garner, Michael Brown and John Crawford's tests set off protests across the country. For many 2014 crystallized racial inequality in the American consciousness. 

Guest:

  • Sonja Laneheart, Brackenridge Endowed Chair in Literature and the Humanities
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