Black lives matter: on the denial of systemic racism, White liberals, and polite racism

Ng, Eddy, and Lam, Andrew (2020) Black lives matter: on the denial of systemic racism, White liberals, and polite racism. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, 39 (7). pp. 729-739.

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Systemic discrimination, racism, and inequality have garnered renewed and intense attention following the George Floyd murder and demonstrations of Black Lives Matter (BLM) around the world. In sharing our anger and sorrow, we reached out to several colleagues and scholars in the Black community. We wanted to provide a forum [1] for them to express their grief, share their experiences and help us move forward. The response to our invitation to write was overwhelming, but also heartbreaking. Our colleagues were devastated and broken. They expressed immense difficulty in writing because of anger, despair, and sadness. Stella Nkomo (personal correspondence) asked if “the burst of recognition of systemic racism for real this time?” It is our hope that their collective voices, captured in this collection of essays, will help us find a way forward as academics, researchers, and mentors. We need to refocus our efforts to combat anti-Black racism, dismantle systemic discrimination, restore racial justice, and enable Blacks and other racially oppressed groups to fully participate in society and life.

Item ID: 65816
Item Type: Article (Editorial)
ISSN: 2040-7149
Copyright Information: Copyright © 2020, Emerald Publishing Limited
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2021 10:58
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