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Police brutality and four other ways racism kills Black people

Oscar Holmes IV (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Camden, New Jersey, USA)

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

ISSN: 2040-7149

Article publication date: 13 July 2020

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Abstract

Purpose

This article was written in response to the #BlackLivesMatter social justice protests that erupted around the world in response to the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery in 2020.

Design/methodology/approach

This article weaves personal experiences, published research and current events and social issues to build the case that there are many ways that racism kills Black people.

Findings

Although antiblack police brutality looms largely in people's minds of how racism kills Black people, less conspicuous ways that racism kills Black people are often overlooked.

Originality/value

In this article, the author highlights: (1) the perennial expectation that Black people cater to other people's needs and desires; (2) performative activism and allyship; (3) assigning Black people the responsibility for fixing racism and (4) thinking education, mentoring or wealth is the panacea for racism as these less conspicuous ways that racism kills Black people.

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Citation

Holmes IV, O. (2020), "Police brutality and four other ways racism kills Black people", Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Vol. 39 No. 7, pp. 803-809. https://doi.org/10.1108/EDI-06-2020-0151

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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