“George Floyd’s America,” examines the role systemic racism played throughout Floyd’s 46-year life. The reporting explores the institutional and societal roadblocks Floyd encountered as a Black man from his birth in 1973 until his death. The series is based on a review of thousands of documents and more than 150 interviews with Floyd’s friends, colleagues, public officials and scholars.
Part I – Born with two strikes
George Floyd’s 46 years in America shows that it was shaped by the very forces people are protesting after his death — entrenched poverty, systemic racism, a broken criminal justice system and police violence.
Part 2- Looking for his ticket out
George Floyd’s high school, pride of Houston’s Third Ward, was known for sports prowess — and academic struggles that set students up for failure.
Part 3 – Segregated from opportunity
A young man’s path out of Houston’s oldest housing project echoes George Floyd’s journey nearly 30 years ago
Part 4- Profiting from prisons
George Floyd languished inside a Texas prison. Communities and companies saw it as ‘economic development.’