‘500 years’ worth of history’

In an interview with Communications’ Karen Feldscher, Dr. Nancy Krieger, Professor of Social Epidemiology, talks about the recent protests in response to the death of George Floyd and the long history of structural racism in America.

“[The reason for the protests] is both immediate—in terms of why seeing, on video, police kill a human being slowly over nine minutes has created the uproar and outrage…and also has 500 years’ worth of history behind it,” says Dr. Krieger.

“The United States is a country that was built using force, in relation to both settler colonialism and enslavement. There’s a very long history here of people who have been subjugated who are needing to have, demanding to have, and fighting to have their humanity recognized.”

Read the full interview.