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The Emergence of Black Lives Matter under the Presidency of Barack Obama

Abstract : On August 9 2014, the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, triggered waves of protests that would wash over the United States and make history. Black Lives Matter, a group which had been rapidly gaining momentum by protesting against the disposability of black lives in an institutionally biased system, framed their identity around police brutality. Ferguson was a microcosm which regrouped many of the issues Black Lives Matter had been denouncing. Existing racial tensions and problems with the police department and municipal court were exacerbated by the impact of the subprime crisis, impoverishing African American residents and causing local authorities to focus on generating revenue. Meanwhile, colorblindness had become a virtual requirement for then-president Obama. Paradoxically, he was perceived as doing too much and not enough on racial equality. He had been elected partly to even these disparities, but his success justified that the nation had moved past race to others. In this paper I broach the subject of the socioeconomic components to the Ferguson events, how Black Lives Matter fits in the history of African American activism, and the political implications and consequences of its emergence under a black president.
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Dorian Clauzon. The Emergence of Black Lives Matter under the Presidency of Barack Obama. Humanities and Social Sciences. 2020. ⟨dumas-02968246⟩



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