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Race & Demographics

Summer Of Racial Reckoning NPR Special: Part Three

A statue on the ground with yellow caution tape and a cone on it.
Jason deBruyn
Protesters in Raleigh pulled down statues from a Confederate monument on June 19 after marching in celebration of Juneteenth.

Months into a global pandemic, a loud cry for racial justice erupted around the country and the world. Protesters took to the streets demanding an end to police brutality and systemic racism and repeatedly echoed the names of three recently-killed Black Americans: George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery.

In a new three-part series, NPR Hosts Ailsa Chang and Rachel Martin look back at the past six months and report on how we got to where we are today. In episode one, they heard stories from people who knew and loved Floyd, Taylor and Arbery. In part two, they stepped back and looked at the system that protesters are pushing back against. And in part three they examine the way forward. In conversations with civil rights leaders, police and protesters, they raise questions about the various proposals for systemic change, from bringing down Confederate monuments to defunding the police.

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