Gary Younge is a British author, journalist, and broadcaster. He is also a Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester and a Type Media Fellow. Among his five books are No Place Like Home: A Black Briton’s Journey Through the American South, Stranger in a Strange Land: Encounters in the Disunited States, and Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives. (July 2020)

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What Black America Means to Europe

A Justice for Black Lives protest, London, June 2020
In September 1963, in Llansteffan, Wales, a stained-glass artist named John Petts was listening to the radio when he heard the news that four black girls had been murdered in a bombing just after Sunday school at the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. The news deeply moved Petts, …

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What Black America Means to Europe

Although police killings are a constant, gruesome feature of American life, to many Europeans this particular murder stands as confirmation of the injustices of this broader political period. It illustrates a resurgence of white, nativist violence blessed with the power of the state and emboldened from the highest office. It exemplifies a democracy in crisis, with security forces running amok and terrorizing their own citizens. The killing of George Floyd stands not just as a murder but as a metaphor.