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How today’s protests compare to 1968, explained by a historian

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Heather Ann Thompson is a professor of history and Afro-American and African Studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a scholar of 1960s and 1970s protest movements, particularly against white supremacy and mass incarceration. Her most recent book, Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy, won the Pulitzer Prize in History.

‘Not protesting at all would not keep white racial violence at bay,’ Thompson argues. ‘Protests keep happening precisely because white supremacy is never sufficiently reined in.’

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