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Op-Ed: George Floyd’s murder ushered in big talk of equity and justice. 3 years later, this work is still a matter of life and death

By Makeeba McCreary

May 30, 2023

Last week marked three years since George Floyd’s murder.

In the weeks and months that followed the tragedy of that day, it seemed as though America had finally woken up, finally seen the way that racism pervades every system in our country. The anguish and the rage of people who had marched for Mike Brown and Freddie Gray and Tamir Rice, and so many others, was finally being heard in boardrooms and state houses, in newsrooms and courthouses.

Across the country, an unprecedented commitment of $200 billion was pledged to racial equity initiatives and non-profit organizations by corporate America. Many politicians and CEOs were suddenly unafraid to say “Black Lives Matter.” For a moment, it felt like real change was possible.

Three years later, it feels like America is starting to look away — and Massachusetts is just a microcosm of what’s happening on the national stage represents.

Read more in WBUR Cognoscenti.