The killing of George Floyd in May 2020 sparked global protests and brought renewed emphasis on the lack of progress on improving race relations in the US.
Compounded by the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black Americans, race and inequality has become a key issue for voters in the upcoming US presidential election, with over 52 per cent deeming it ‘very important’ according to an Pew survey in August 2020.
Biden’s selection of Kamala Harris – a multi-racial American – as his running mate has stressed the Democrats’ focus on progressive politics and addressing structural and systemic racism in American society. President Trump has tried to court Black voters on issues such as policing but has largely ignored other demographics. As protests and demands for reform and justice continue, how will it impact voters’ choice at the polls and how confident are voters that meaningful change is possible?
How will Biden and Harris’ records on criminal justice affect their perception of credibility to address racial inequality?
How is President Trump’s strong-arm response to protestors being viewed among voters within, and outside, his base?
And are the recent protests likely to sway undecided voters to the right or to the left?
Held in collaboration with Chatham House’s US and the Americas Programme, this webinar is part of a series of events looking at key issues facing voters in the 2020 US elections.