Slavery and racial segregation: Historical context to the George Floyd protests

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Last August, the United States marked 400 years since the first Africans arrived in the Americas as slaves. But 264 years of slavery followed by a century of Jim Crow laws perpetuating racial segregation left an indelible mark on US civilization. 

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FRANCE 24’s Erin Ogunkeye places the killing of George Floyd within a wider historical context of racial oppression and segregation in the United States.

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