The Debate on ‘Systemic Racism’ and Why It Matters

In 2020, two events changed the nature of America’s long-running debate over racism: the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, and Covid-19 hitting Black and Latino communities disproportionately hard. Protesters argued that ending injustice in the criminal justice and health systems required looking beyond one officer or outbreak to confront “systemic racism.” President-elect Joe Biden has said that confronting the issue is one of his top priorities.