It’s Not Just Black and White: How Black Immigrants Continue to Influence the Fight against Police Violence
Journal of Liberal Arts and Humanities
The May 25, 2020 killing of George Floyd became one of the most recognized symbols of police brutality throughout the United States and the world. Protests following Floyd‟s death sparked national and global conversations about systemic racism and aggressive policing, while simultaneouslyreferencing and reflecting on past incidents of police violence involving members of the Diaspora. Although deemed lost and forgotten by the mainstream media, it was not forgotten by Afro-immigrants and their communities. This article discusses the unique status of Black immigrant victims and explores the complexity of being Black and immigrant within America‟s complex racial binary criminal justice system. The aim of this article is twofold. Firstly, it explores how Black immigrants are reshaping residential urban landscapes and consequently the Black population. More specifically, focusing on how Black immigrants have influenced and continue to influence the fight for social justice against police violence. Secondly, as a result, this article seeks to contribute to traditional discourses on police violence by integrating components of multiculturalism to properly discuss the complexities of race, ethnicity, and nativity.
Layne, Asha, "It’s Not Just Black and White: How Black Immigrants Continue to Influence the Fight against Police Violence" (2021). College of Liberal Arts. 160.