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Left Bank Books, Source Booksellers, Anderson's Bookshop, Boswell Books, and Moon Palace Books welcomes author, associate professor of history and African American studies at Yale University and a professor of law at Yale Law School Elizabeth Hinton, who will discuss her book, America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s, on June 3rd at 6pm CT in a private online event. Hinton will be in conversation with Distinguished Professor and author Robin D.G. Kelley. Register here for the event and order a SIGNED copy of America on Fire from Left Bank Books to support authors and independent bookstores! About America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s What began in spring 2020 as local protests in response to the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police quickly exploded into a massive nationwide movement. Millions of mostly young people defiantly flooded into the nation's streets, demanding an end to police brutality and to the broader, systemic repression of Black people and other people of color. To many observers, the protests appeared to be without precedent in their scale and persistence. Yet, as the acclaimed historian Elizabeth Hinton demonstrates in America on Fire, the events of 2020 had clear precursors--and any attempt to understand our current crisis requires a reckoning with the recent past. Even in the aftermath of Donald Trump, many Americans consider the decades since the civil rights movement in the mid-1960s as a story of progress toward greater inclusiveness and equality. Hinton's sweeping narrative uncovers an altogether different history, taking us on a troubling journey from Detroit in 1967 and Miami in 1980 to Los Angeles in 1992 and beyond to chart the persistence of structural racism and one of its primary consequences, the so-called urban riot. Hinton offers a critical corrective: the word riot was nothing less than a racist trope applied to events
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