Racism protests: how attitudes to inequality have changed

Protesters in Charlotte, NC, USA. Signs read: #blacklivesmatter, we won't be silent, no justice no peace, and inequality anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

Criminologist: "racism and brutality not on the rise with French police, it’s we who have changed".

Black Lives Matter and France's human rights disparities

The current wave of protests against police racism and brutality is due to changed attitudes towards intolerance, says criminologist Professor Alain Bauer. Weeks of demonstrations across France have echoed the Black Lives Matter protests in the US, with many highlighting the death of Malian Frenchman Adama Traoré in custody after being restrained in 2016. At the same time, a Human Rights Watch report claims that officers in France have used wide-ranging stop-and-search powers to target black and Arab boys and men.

Prof Bauer said police are actually less racist now than in the past. “There’s less violence than there used to be – but more outrage because the ...

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