White People and Black Lives Matter

Ignorance, Empathy, and Justice

  • Johanna C. Luttrell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Johanna C. Luttrell
    Pages 1-37
  3. Johanna C. Luttrell
    Pages 87-115
  4. Johanna C. Luttrell
    Pages 117-134
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 135-141

About this book


This book interrogates white responses to black-led movements for racial justice. It is a philosophical self-reflection on the ways in which ‘white’ reactions to Black Lives Matter stand in the way of the movement’s important work. It probes reactions which often prevent white people from according to black activists the full range of human emotion and expression, including joy, anger, mourning, and political action. Johanna C. Luttrell encourages different conceptions of empathy and impartiality specific to social movements for racial justice, and addresses objections to identity politics.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Johanna C. Luttrell
    • 1
  1. 1.University of HoustonHoustonUSA

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