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#BlackLivesMatter – beyond the hashtag

4th September 2020

Black lives matter (BLM) is a global activist movement that campaigns against racism, discrimination, and violence towards black people.

The movement began in 2013 after the killing of an innocent African-American teenager Trayvon Martin. This caused outrage among the black community, not only in the US but around the world. At the time the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter was created to share the protest on social media, causing global headline news.

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More recently, the movement has again made headline news following the unjust death of George Floyd and many others who have lost their lives as a result of racism.

Going beyond the hashtag we want to share crucial research and insights which can help each and everyone one of us tackle anti-black racism across the globe. We've gathered several freely accessible resources including journals, book chapters, and blogs all of which explore the evidence of anti-black racism which appears within contexts such as education, workplace, and healthcare.

If you are working on related research that can help tackle anti-black racism, or if you would like to contribute to the content featured on this page, please get in touch.

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Our latest blogs

Decolonising the business curriculum in the era of Black Lives Matter

During these uncertain times, we are calling for scholars and practitioners alike to continue efforts to champion change in the world as it relates to respecting Black lives (and minds).

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America cannot be great when Black lives do not matter

Images of violent police clashes with protestors from Los Angeles to Atlanta, and Minneapolis in between, can easily be mistaken as riots in any failed state. Yet these horrific images are from the very streets of America.

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Educating ourselves: ten quotes from researchers exploring issues around race

Charlie Rapple has explored content in the Kudos platform relating to systemic/ institutionalised racism, white privilege, and related topics. She shares some shocking, thought-provoking, enlightening, and sobering examples.

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We speak to Karen Carberry, consultant Family Therapist at Orri and Dr Ted Ransaw, from Michigan State University about inequalities in mental healthcare for black communities.

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Freely available articles, book chapters, and special issues

BLM can reduce racial discrimination in the workplace

This article proposes three ways to help organisations make black lives matter in the workplace.

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The representation of BLM in US media needs to change

This article examines coverage of the (BLM) movement in seven US-based newspapers to make recommendations for media practitioners to avoid racialisation of news.

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BLM can impact classroom teaching

This article is valuable to those looking for specific ways to include more diverse and inclusive teaching strategies.

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Librarians have the power to influence change

This article highlights how libraries have the power to spread the knowledge about movements such as BLM and explores the implications that take place when this support is not given.

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Organisations need to be doing more to support black employees

This article discusses the importance of both the availability and creation of resources to help employees to maintain effective workplace functioning, despite such difficult circumstances.

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Social control policies against “black criminals” must be stopped

Questions abound regarding the fairness, legality, and legitimacy of police methods, as critics accuse policing agencies of adopting punitive and repressive measures that target communities of colour.

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BLM can help stop 'justifiable homicides'

This article highlights a broken legal system that shows bias toward poor communities and communities not of the racial and ethnic majority.

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The rise of BLM movement in police shootings

This chapter provides a media analysis of the response to events surrounding the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, St. Louis in August 2014.

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Transactionalism can help black students in schools

Transactionalism carries promise to help interrupt current, systemic practice that negatively reifies Black bodies and reasserts Black bodies as central, full participants in democratic action.

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People of mixed-race deserve to be represented and identified

For mixed-race civil society, the struggle for the right to identity has led to contesting the social meaning of race as previously imposed by government bodies.

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Black Lives Matter: our commitment

The team at Emerald have been taking some time to reflect on recent events and our response. We believe that Black lives matter, today and every day, and that injustice and intolerance must end.

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Education, Immigration and Migration

Education, Immigration and Migration: Policy, Leadership and Praxis for a Changing World

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The Power of Resistance

The Power of Resistance: Culture, Ideology and Social Reproduction in Global Contexts Vol: 12

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The Emerald Handbook of Feminism, Criminology and Social Change

The Emerald Handbook of Feminism, Criminology and Social Change

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The International Handbook of Black Community Mental Health

The International Handbook of Black Community Mental Health

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Leadership of Historically Black Colleges and Universities: A what not to do Guide for HBCU Leaders

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