Systemic Racism

- October 30, 2020
Can the structures of inequality be overcome?
Photo of a child holding an 'End Racism' sign during a protest in New York City on June 9. (AFP/Getty Images/Angela Weiss)
Black Americans are more likely than white Americans to get shot by police, to contract COVID-19 and to be incarcerated. Anger at a lack of racial equality boiled over after the killing of George Floyd, an African American, at the hands of Minneapolis police in May, igniting possibly the largest civil rights protests in U.S. history. The national conversation that followed Floyd's killing has focused on what many activists call systemic racism and what should be done about it.

Electoral Calculations

Federal Legislation

1600s–1800sSlavery expands and is then abolished.
1900–1980sCivil rights movement takes on segregation.
1990s–PresentPolice killings spur racial justice protests.

Are street protests the best way to bring about racial equality?


Seft Hunter
Director, Black-Led Organizing and Power Building, Community Change.


Katharine C. Gorka
Director for Civil Society and the American Dialogue, Heritage Foundation.


BONUS REPORT: Political Polls

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Monument Protests

Should Confederate statues be removed?

The U.S. Health Insurance System

Will the COVID-19 pandemic transform it?


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Can it handle pandemics and other medical challenges?

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