Black Lives Matter Protests and Risk Avoidance: The Case of Civil Unrest During a Pandemic

  title={Black Lives Matter Protests and Risk Avoidance: The Case of Civil Unrest During a Pandemic},
  author={Dhaval M. Dave and Andrew Friedson and Kyutaro Matsuzawa and Joseph J. Sabia and Samuel Safford},
  journal={Political Behavior: Race},
Sparked by the killing of George Floyd in police custody, the 2020 Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests brought a new wave of attention to the issue of inequality within criminal justice. However, some policymakers warned that such protests should be curtailed due to public health risks of infectious disease contagion. The current study finds that this epidemiological argument rests on an incorrect counterfactual that ignores economic incentives for risk-avoiding behaviors. We use newly collected… 
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Black Lives Still Matter (2020)
  • Biology
    Advances in Public Policy and Administration
  • 2021
This chapter explains the fomentation of the Black Lives Matter movement, which began as a hashtag in 2013, as well as past and current tactics that the movement participants are utilizing to bring awareness to their cause.