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Amidst the visible racial inequalities related to COVID-19, police murdered Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and George Floyd all within a span of four months. To combat the heinous injustices committed against POC, Americans mobilized in a movement that brought people from their homes out into public spaces. Given the state of the country as the epicenter of the global pandemic, protesting was met with incredible backlash that led to the use of legal force, state curfews, and even more lives jeopardized and lost. Whether it be on the streets or online, people pursued their activism through the dissemination of resources and education about police violence and racism within their communities and beyond. Black Lives Matter is not a new movement, but the members who participate and promote the mission are. This research examines the sudden rise of white activism in particular and more pointedly, why now?
Krol, Jane, "Why Now? Examining the Ripe Conditions for Protest and Activism in 2020" (2021). Anthropology and Sociology Presentations. 5.
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