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Cheryl Townsend Gilkes

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Kneeling to Venerate Hate: The Meaning of a Police Killing in Minnesota

Cheryl Townsend Gilkes, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor African American Studies and Sociology at Colby College, has published an article in the Religion News Source. From the article:

"Kneeling, in most of the world’s religions, is an act of worship and veneration for a deity or its mythic representatives. On Monday (May 25) in Minneapolis, a white police officer kneeled on the neck of a black man named George Floyd, who was already handcuffed, for as many as nine minutes. The officer kneeled on his neck as Floyd pleaded, “I can’t breathe!” The officer knelt there until EMTs arrived and took Floyd, now unresponsive, away."

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