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George Floyd news and analysis from The Nation
September 30, 2021
Black Residents of Minneapolis Say They Need More Cops—Not Fewer
As voters head to the polls to decide the fate of the city’s police department, most Black residents want more police—who will value Black lives.
September 17, 2021
Minneapolis Inches Closer to Disbanding Its Police Department
Voters will have a chance this fall to decide whether to keep the 154-year-old police department or create a new public safety agency.
July 7, 2021
The War on Drugs Is 50 Years Old
It’s a war we were destined—and that we deserved—to lose.
Alfred W. McCoy
June 25, 2021
Chauvin Is Sentenced to 22.5 Years. But Who Killed Winston Smith?
In early June, law enforcement in Minneapolis killed a 32-year-old Black man named Winston Smith, three miles from where George Floyd was murdered.
May 26, 2021
Keith Ellison: On the Other Side of Criminal Justice Reform and Transformation Is a Safer Society
The attorney general who organized the prosecution of Derek Chauvin for murdering George Floyd makes the case for police accountability.
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May 25, 2021
In the Wake of George Floyd
One year ago, George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis police. What began as a street corner memorial grew into a semiautonomous zone that is still standing.
May 24, 2021
The Color of Fear
Was George Floyd allowed to be afraid? Why do Black folk have to be automatons to make sure police don’t read our “flight” responses as “fight” responses?
April 30, 2021
White Supremacy Never Takes a Day Off
The Chauvin verdict seemed like a victory. Then came the racist reaction to the verdict—and the murder of Ma’Khia Bryant.
April 26, 2021
The Backlash to Derek Chauvin’s Conviction Is Already Here
This simulacrum of justice for Black folks, delivered centuries overdue, won’t be a turning point unless we do far more work.
April 23, 2021
The American Addiction to Violence
While a jury found Derek Chauvin guilty of murder earlier this week, that verdict alone, though so desperately needed, was woefully insufficient.