After another brutal police killing of an unarmed black man, a massive wave of protests has spread across the United States, with solidarity protests also occurring across most of the world. How was George Floyd’s murder representative of a broader set of justices in American life? How might the protests influence change in the United States? David S. Meyer speaks with Dana Fisher and Rashawn Ray.

David S. Meyer is a Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. He is an expert in social movements and is the co-editor of The Resistance: The Dawn of the Anti-Trump Opposition Movement.

Dana R. Fisher is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland. She is an expert in democracy, activism, and environmentalism and is the author of American Resistance: From the Women’s March to the Blue Wave.

Rashawn Ray is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland. Ray’s research addresses the mechanisms that manufacture and maintain racial and social inequality. Ray is the co-author of How Families Matter: Simply Complicated Intersections of Race, Gender, and Work.



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