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58 Hous. L. Rev. 817 (2020-2021)
The Trauma of Awakening to Racism: Did the Tragic Killing of George Floyd Result in Cultural Trauma for Whites?

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THE TRAUMA OF AWAKENING TO RACISM:
DID THE TRAGIC KILLING OF GEORGE
FLOYD RESULT IN CULTURAL TRAUMA FOR
WHITES?
Angela Onwuachi-Willig*
ABSTRACT
The act of witnessing the killing of George Floyd, a forty-six-
year-old, African-American father, brother, partner, and son, at
the hands of the police caused many white individuals to
experience an epiphany about racism, specifically structural
racism, in the United States. Following the horrific killing of
George Floyd, many white people began to shift their thinking
about the existence and prevalence of racialized police brutality,
reconsidering the manner in which they had always viewed the
world around them. Indeed, many white individuals began to
* Dean and Professor of Law, Boston University School of Law. Thank you very
much to Provost Jean Morrison for her research support. I give special thanks to my
husband, Jacob Willig-Onwuachi, and our children, Elijah, Bethany, and Solomon, for their
constant love and support.
Thank you to the Houston Law Review for the great honor of giving the Frankel
Lecture. Special thanks to the previous board's Editor in Chief, Drew Padley, for the
invitation for me to give the Frankel Lecture and this year's Editor in Chief, Reagan Lutter,
for her stellar leadership in executing that plan. I extend heartfelt thanks and gratitude to
Priyanka Kasnavia for her vision for the symposium, superb planning, and patience. Thank
you also to Erin Horan Mendez for her exceptional editing on this Article. Finally, I express
my gratitude to Dean Leonard Baynes for his support of the lecture series and the Law
Review, and Professor Jessica Roberts for suggesting my name and moderating my lecture.
Of course, I express deep, warm, and sincere appreciation to my colleagues and friends,
Dean Tamara Lawson of St. Thomas University College of Law and Professor Aya Gruber
of the University of Colorado Law School for their brilliant contributions. It was exciting to
be on an all-women-of-color Frankel Lecture panel on this topic of policing, trauma, and
race; a panel that was also planned by a symposium editor who is a woman of color.

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