Why the police killing of Breonna Taylor sparked less outrage than George Floyd’s death

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An artist has painted the faces of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd on a boarded-up business in Venice, California. June 5, 2020. Photo by Amy Ta.

George Floyd’s murder has been the biggest rallying cry at protests this week, while Breonna Taylor’s death has gotten somewhat less attention. It’s partly because his murder was filmed and the world has seen it. His gender also has to do with it. 

Researcher and author Andrea Ritchie argues that black women’s encounters with police are too often ignored, even when they result in a horrific death like Breonna Taylor’s. Taylor was shot eight times in her home.

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Guest:
Andrea Ritchie - Barnard University, author of “Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women and Women of Color”

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Rosalie Atkinson, Brian Hardzinski, Angie Perrin, Kathryn Barnes