Black Lives Matter—for Social Justice, and for America’s Global Role

Black Lives Matter—for Social Justice, and for America’s Global Role
A Black Lives Matter banner hangs from the AFL-CIO building near Black Lives Matter Plaza, close to the White House, Washington, June 12, 2020 (AP photo by Andrew Harnik).

The murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other black Americans by police, and the sustained protests in their wake, present a test for the United States both at home and abroad. They underscore the structural racism that permeates American society and how far the nation remains from delivering on the Constitution’s promise of equal rights and justice for all. Globally, they threaten America’s longstanding, if uneven, role as the world’s leading champion of universal human rights. The success of the Black Lives Matter movement is critical, not only to achieve a more perfect union at home, but also to […]

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