The Genesis of #BlackLivesMatter and the Rise of Open Bigotry in Politics
Heather Nann

Mike Brown’s death affected me so much that I moved to study lynching and police brutality in my graduate studies. His death inspired me and I believe a number of (emerging) scholars, too. The controversy surrounding the murder, how Zimmerman got away, and the large influx of information of other similar instances made my academic writing and activism matter so much more (to me at least). Mike (and the #BlackLivesMatter movement) ignited something in me I knew was always there, but I needed that wake up call for it to arise.

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