Epistemic Injustice and the Philosophy of Race

Authored by: Luvell Anderson

The Routledge Handbook of Epistemic Injustice

Print publication date:  April  2017
Online publication date:  March  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138828254
eBook ISBN: 9781315212043
Adobe ISBN: 9781351814508


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The Black Lives Matter movement (BLM) emerged recently in the U.S. in response to what many view as the continued use of state-sanctioned violence against Black bodies and the impunity with which state agents operate. It has been noted that police killed more than 100 unarmed Black people in the U.S. during 2014 alone (Unarmed Victims, n.d.). Also, the Washington Post reported that “blacks were killed at three times the rate of whites or other minorities” (Kindy, 2015). It is not surprising, then, that communities who find themselves disproportionate victims of such violence would respond in protest.

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