Making All Black Lives Matter: A Comparative Study on Black Lives Matter

Lindsey Barnard

During the summer of 2020 I conducted a comparative research project on the recent rise of the Black Lives Matter. I decided to focus my study on Spain, and Latin America, specifically Mexico and Colombia, in addition to the United States, where the Black Lives Matter movement was created and the murder of George Floyd, the catalyst for the then recent uprising, took place. By studying both Spain and Latin America in tandem, I was able to analyze their intertwined imperial histories as the colonizer and the colonized, while also highlighting the implications of their geographic and demographic differences for the issue of race. In the end I was able to produce comprehensive research paper, arguing the main issues involved in each of these regions were shaped both by their unique histories of racism, colonialism.

Department:

History, Latin American, Latino & Iberian Studies

Mentor(s):

Michelle Kahn