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How do we think about the George Floyd murder? Show more Show less
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On May 25 2020, George Floyd was suffocated to death by the police. Floyd had been arrested on suspicion of using a counterfeit $20 bill. In chilling footage that would go viral within 24 hours, officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for more than 8 minutes ignoring Floyd's repeated pleas for him to move. The asphyxiation led to his cardiac arrest. Floyd's death has so far inspired protests across more than 75 US cities, calling for an end to police brutality and institutional racism. The responses to these riots have included state-wide curfews, the threat of military intervention, attacks on the media and civilian arrests. The situation has given rise to a complex debate with commentators arguing over what precisely it has exposed about contemporary America. So, who are these groups, what do they stand for, and why?

Our freedom is at stake: the murder exposes a crisis of civil liberties Show more Show less

This approach believes that this crisis hinges on the relationship between the state and the individual. It focuses on police brutality and state-sanctioned violence against innocent citizens.
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The riots are detracting from the real issue at hand

The scale of violence and looting in the wake of George Floyd's murder distracts from the main issue. As small businesses are ravaged and livelihoods are destroyed, the narrative of social justice is being hijacked. This is increasingly dangerous as opposition groups paint rioters as thugs and in doing so, legitimise violence against them. If the issue at hand is institutional racism and the gruesome treatment of blacks in US society - rioting is detrimental to the cause. Proponents of this group include Quartz reporter Annalisa Merelli.
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