Connor Goodwin is a writer and critic from Lincoln, Nebraska. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Seattle Times, BOMB, and elsewhere. 

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The Long Shadow of Racism—and Protest—in the Midwest

by Connor Goodwin 09-01-2020

Protesters in Omaha, Nebraska demand justice for George Floyd.

“People want to start this narrative when the first building burns,” Howard told me in a phone conversation, “[but] I think it’s more useful to begin it years before. In the case of Omaha, people had been agitating to end racial discrimination as early as the 1940s.”