1st Edition

The Politics of Protest Readings on the Black Lives Matter Movement

Edited By Nadia E. Brown, Ray Block Jr., Christopher Stout Copyright 2021
    344 Pages
    by Routledge

    344 Pages
    by Routledge

    This collection provides a deep engagement with the political implication of Black Lives Matter. This book covers a broad range of topics using a variety of methods and epistemological approaches.

    In the twenty-first century, the killings of Black Americans have sparked a movement to end the brutality against Black bodies. In 2013, #BlackLivesMatter would become a movement-building project led by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi. This movement began after the acquittal of George Zimmerman, who murdered 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The movement has continued to fight for racial justice and has experienced a resurgence following the 2020 slayings of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Sean Reed, Tony McDade, and David McAtee among others. The continued protests raise questions about how we can end this vicious cycle and lead Blacks to a state of normalcy in the United States. In other words, how can we make any advances made by Black Lives Matter stick?

    The chapters in this book were originally published in the journal Politics, Groups, and Identities.

    Historical Development of the Black Lives Movement

    1. American Political Development in the Era of Black Lives Matter

    Debra Thompson and Chloe Thurston

    2. The neo-Redemption Era? APD in the age of #Black lives matter

    Kimberley S. Johnson

    3. The Strange Fruit of American Political Development

    Megan Ming Francis

    4. American political development and black lives matter in the age of incarceration

    Kirstine Taylor

    5. (Re)Defining the black body in the era of Black Lives Matter: the politics of blackness, old and new

    Shayla C. Nunnally

    6. Racial gaslighting

    Angelique M. Davis and Rose Ernst

    Media, Politicians, Politics and Population

    7. Framing police and protesters: assessing volume and framing of news coverage post-Ferguson, and corresponding impacts on legislative activity

    Maneesh Arora, Davin L. Phoenix and Archie Delshad

    8. Reframing racism: political cartoons in the era of Black Lives Matter

    Anish Vanaik, Dawine Jengelley and Rolfe Peterson

    9. Racialized differences in perceptions of and emotional responses to police killings of unarmed African Americans

    Ernest B. McGown and Kristin N. Wylie

    10. Scholarship on #BlackLivesMatter and its implications on local electoral politics

    Jamil S. Scott and Nadia E. Brown

    11. Tweeting racial representation: how the congressional Black Caucus used Twitter in the 113th congress

    Alvin B. Tillery

    12. The public's dilemma: race and political evaluations of police killings

    Ethan V. Porter, Thomas Wood and Cathy Cohen

    13. Black Americans and the "crime narrative": comments on the use of news frames and their impacts on public opinion formation

    Jenn M. Jackson

    14. Harbingers of unrest in Baltimore: racial and spatial cleavages in satisfaction with quality of life before the 2015 Uprising

    Tyson D. King-Meadows

    15. Targeting young men of color for search and arrest during traffic stops: evidence from North Carolina, 2002-2013

    Frank R. Baumgartner, Derek A. Epp, Kelsey Shoub and Bayard Love

    16. #BlackLivesDon’tMatter: race-of-victim effects in US executions, 1976–2013

    Frank R. Baumgartner, Amanda J. Grigg and Alisa Mastro

    17. Intersectional stereotyping in policing: An analysis of traffic stop outcomes

    Leah Christiani

    Who Participates and Why

    18. Why participate? An intersectional analysis of LGBTQ people of color activism in Canada

    Alexie Labelle

    19. Race-ing solidarity: Asian Americans and support for Black Lives Matter

    Julie Lee Merseth

    20. Intersectional solidarity

    F. Tormos


    Nadia E. Brown is University Faculty Scholar and Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies at Purdue University, USA. Brown is a scholar of American politics whose work focuses on identity politics, legislative studies, and Black women’s studies, using the theory of intersectionality to study topics across multiple disciplines.

    Ray Block Jr. is Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies at Pennsylvania State University, USA. His research interests include racial, ethnic, and gender differences in civic involvement, the formation and mutability of social identity, campaigns and elections, and other topics.

    Christopher T. Stout is Associate Professor of Political Science at Oregon State University, USA. His research interests include racial and ethnic politics, gender and politics, political behavior, representation, and Congress.