The World Is Watching Us

The killing of George Floyd, the anti-racism protest movement that followed, and the Donald J. Trump administration’s response have shaken the United States and captivated the world. Why It Matters speaks with two foreign correspondents to understand how the protests are being understood abroad.

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  • Gabrielle Sierra
    Director, Podcasting
Credits

Asher Ross - Supervising Producer

Markus Zakaria - Audio Producer and Sound Designer

Rafaela Siewert - Associate Podcast Producer

Episode Guests
  • Chika Oduah
    Independent Multimedia Journalist
  • Keith B. Richburg
    Director, Journalism and Media Studies Centre, University of Hong Kong

Show Notes

Protests against systemic racism and police brutality have emerged in most major U.S. cities since the killing of George Floyd. The reverberations have spread across the world, but the reactions have not all been the same. Some have taken the opportunity to accuse the United States of moral hypocrisy, while others have embraced the opportunity to reexamine racism in their own countries. Solidarity protests have emerged in dozens of countries, such as Australia, France, and Kenya. It is unclear what type of reform will follow the U.S. protests, but it is undeniable that the world is watching what happens closely. Why It Matters speaks with two foreign correspondents to understand how the protests are being interpreted abroad.

 

From CFR

 

Why African Nations Support U.S. Anti-Racism Protesters,” Jendayi E. Frazer

 

Black Lives Matter—for Social Justice, and for America’s Global Role,” Stewart M. Patrick

 

Trump’s Threat to Use the Military Against Protesters: What to Know,” Jonathan Masters

 

How America’s Credibility Gap Hurts the Defense of Rights Abroad,” David J. Scheffer

 

Photos: How George Floyd’s Death Sparked Protests Worldwide,” Lindsay Maizland 

 

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Democracy in Hong Kong,” Eleanor Albert

 

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Opinion | How Western media would cover Minneapolis if it happened in another country,” Washington Post 

 

Images From a Worldwide Protest Movement,” Atlantic

 

Yes, Lafayette Square Is  Tahrir Square,” Foreign Policy

 

Foreign Policy By Example: Crisis at Home Makes the United States Vulnerable Abroad,” Foreign Affairs

 

Trump’s Military Threats Against Protesters Could Be the Beginning of the End of American Democracy,” Foreign Policy

 

U.S. rivals seize on protest crackdowns to turn tables on human rights criticism,” Washington Post

 

As Protests Engulf the United States, China Revels in the Unrest,” New York Times

 

#BLM: US cycle of racist violence resonates in Africa,” DW

 

George Floyd death: Australians defy virus in mass anti-racism rallies,” BBC

 

Watch or Listen

 

George Floyd Protests Around the World Are Calling for Racial Justice,” VICE News

 

Why did George Floyd die? The history of police brutality in the U.S.,” BBC 

 

What the George Floyd protests say about America,” Guardian

 

How the Aboriginal Lives Matter movement in Australia Echos the U.S. protests,” Bloomberg

 

China is erasing its border with Hong Kong,” Vox

 

Why people around the world are protesting the death of George Floyd,” Washington Post

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