Written shortly after the death of George Floyd, Marie K. Daouda at The Critic, considers the earlier, parallel case of Adama Traoré. She argues against a cultural narrative that presents a simplistic picture of victimhood at the expense of the actual and moral complexities involved:
Public discourse has canonized George Floyd and Adama Traoré. They are effectively secular saints, anointed and set aside by general commiseration, uplifted like the expiatory lambs of systemic racism. The first one to get the ‘victim’ label receives an occult immunity — until some dirty business comes up.
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