Why #LivingWhileBlack Matters

Lone activist Ieshia Evans stands her ground while offering her hands for arrest as she is charged by riot police during a protest against police brutality outside the Baton Rouge Police Department in Louisiana, USA, 9 July 2016. Evans, a 28-year-old Pennsylvania nurse and mother of one, traveled to Baton Rouge to protest against the shooting of Alton Sterling. Sterling was a 37-year-old black man and father of five, who was shot at close range by two white police officers. The shooting, captured on a multitude of cell phone videos, aggravated the unrest coursing through the United States in previous years over the use of excessive force by police, particularly against black men. REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman   TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RC1F5C88B300

Governance Studies Fellow Nicol Turner-Lee connects the microaggressions against African Americans documented by the hashtag #LivingWhileBlack to the historical use of lynching in America.

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