Black Voices Matter #2: What Have the Protests Achieved and Should They Always be Non-violent?

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Posted Nov 13, 2020 | UNU-Wider, Ayokunu Adedokun

While the Black Lives Matter movement has brought structural and systemic racism to the forefront of today’s global discussions, evidence suggests that the movement is also creating division. A small but growing body of academic and policy studies asserts that a strong reparations programme would accelerate economic growth, and kickstart a new era of public discussion around racial equality and anti-racist policies. In this post for UNU-Wider, Ayokunu Adedokun suggests that while these efforts contribute to reducing racial disparities in wealth, income, education, health, sentencing and incarceration, they have not significantly remedied racial inequities because they fail to address the systemic and structurally embedded nature of racism. He calls for multi-pronged strategies that include non-violence, criminal justice reform, education, economic opportunities, as well as purpose-driven alliances and partnerships.


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