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George Floyd news and analysis from The Nation
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.
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?
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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.
April 22, 2021
The Chauvin Verdicts and the Movement That Made Them Possible
Jody Armour on Minneapolis, plus Mark Hertsgaard on Earth Day.
Start Making Sense
April 20, 2021
The Chauvin Verdict Represents an Absolute Minimum of Justice
It’s incredibly important that the jury found Chauvin guilty, but reining in the cops cannot happen through individual prosecutions.