“We are all Oscar Grant”

Oscar Grant was shot and killed in 2009 by a police officer.  This exact moment was caught on video and was uploaded onto the popular video site, YouTube, allowing many to see it.  Although this event did not occur at the peak of the Black Lives Matter movement, it did begin a large discussion of police brutality against African Americans.  One important part of Jack Taylor’s article is that he looks at memorials created for Oscar Grant.  Memorials such as these allow for a permanent reminder of social issues within our country that cannot be escaped.

Link to Article:



Taylor, Jack. “‘We Are All Oscar Grant’: Police Brutality, Death, and the Work of Mourning.” Transforming Anthropology, vol. 21, no. 2, Oct. 2013, pp. 187-197. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1111/traa.12010.



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