Response to Recent Racially-Motivated Violence in the U.S.
Published: May 30, 2020
Author: Asher Kaufman
We at the Kroc Institute are following the new wave of protest and riots for racial justice that are now engulfing American cities and we join the call for action in response. We are again reminded of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s words that “riots do not develop out of thin air.” In the United States, riots, although destructive and counterproductive, have erupted on the fertile ground of racial violence and discrimination against African Americans, discrimination that goes back to early White settler colonial practices.
In the last few weeks, we have watched with sorrow and frustration as incidents in Georgia, Kentucky, New York City, and now in Minneapolis have brought to the fore again the inexcusable, incomprehensible prejudice and violence against African Americans and, in particular, against African American men.Continue reading