‘His Name Is George Floyd’: New Biography Explores Systemic Racism

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A new biography by George Floyd hits shelves on Tuesday.

The big picture: “His Name Is George Floyd,” written by Washington Post reporters Robert Samuels and Toluse Olorunnipa, seeks to show “how systemic racism shaped the life and legacy of George Floyd…recounting how the tragic experience of ‘one man sparked a global movement for money.’

Enlarge: The 432-page book is based on hundreds of interviews with Floyd’s friends and family, “civil rights icons” and political leaders, according to the publisher.

What they say : Associated Press book reviewer Jeff Rowe writes that the authors have done “masterful, thorough, and unbiased work” to achieve their goal of analyzing the policies that impact Floyd’s life without “[absolving him] responsibility for his actions. »

To note : Next week will mark two years since Floyd’s death below the knee of Minneapolis Police Department officer Derek Chauvin sparked protests across the country.

Go further: Read an excerpt from the book via The Washington Post.

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