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New York Times features op-ed piece by MMUF PhD Brandi Summers

18 May '20

On May 15th, the New York Times featured an op-ed piece by MMUF PhD Brandi T. Summers, "What Black America Knows About Quarantine." Dr. Summers, an assistant professor of geography and global metropolitan studies at the University of California at Berkeley, discusses the February murder of black jogger Ahmaud Arbery, the overrepresentation of African Americans among workers newly deemed "essential" and among deaths from COVID-19, and the predominantly white protests against stay-at-home orders in several U.S. states. She grounds these phenomena in an overview of the long American history of containment, policing and control of black people. "One might even consider the black experience as a kind of never-ending quarantine," she writes.  Read the piece here.