A Conversation on Racism and Police Brutality in the U.S.


  • Dr. Jan Philipp Burgard, Correspondent and Deputy Bureau Chief, ARD German Television; Young Leader Alumnus (2016)
  • LaSean Knox-Brown, Young Leader Alumnus (2016),
  • Dr. Imani Perry, Hughes-Rogers Professor, Department of African American Studies, Princeton University,
  • Kirsten West Savali, Executive Producer, Essence Magazine
  • Moderation: Léa Steinacker, Chief Strategy Officer, ada; Young Leader Alumna (2016)

The death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American, who died while being pinned to the ground by a white Minneapolis police officer, has sparked outrage in the United States. Over the last weeks, protests have occurred nationwide demanding an end to systemic racism and police brutality. It has been argued that George Floyd’s death, as well as the protests, show fundamental flaws of law enforcement in America: militarization, the lack of real accountability and transparency, and misplaced incentives. In this call, our speakers discussed these topics and talked about whether they anticipate any fundamental changes as a result of the protests.

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