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“The Time to Act is Now”

How did we get here? That’s the question that American studies and political science professor Duchess Harris has been fielding from media outlets ever since George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis on May 25. An expert on civil rights law, Black feminism, and African American political movements, the professor can’t answer without drawing on history: “One of my favorite political theorists, James Baldwin, says in the Evidence of Things Not Seen, “History, I contend, is the present—we, with every breath we take, every move we make, are History—and what goes around, comes around.”

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