From #BlackLivesMatter to Black liberation

by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Paper Book, 2016


Politics. Sociology. Nonfiction. The eruption of mass protests in the wake of the police murders of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City have challenged the impunity with which officers of the law carry out violence against black people and punctured the illusion of a postracial America. The Black Lives Matter movement has awakened a new generation of activists. In this stirring and insightful analysis, activist and scholar Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor surveys the historical and contemporary ravages of racism and persistence of structural inequality such as mass incarceration and black unemployment. In this context, she argues that this new struggle against police violence holds the potential to reignite a broader push for black liberation.… (more)


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Due November 7, 2019

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Chicago, Illinois Haymarket Books [2016]

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LibraryThing member JanesList
An excellent, if dense, look into where Black Lives Matter came from and where it might be going. A lot of history I should have known already, and some well put ideas. I could see the parts that were more "work" for the author - when we hit more recent events the writing became easier to read, and
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when it moved into theoretical ideas it densed up again. I highly recommend it.
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LibraryThing member stillatim
Good history of racism in the US, though a bit more fervent than I'd like; sometimes the anger gets in the way of the argument or structure of the book. On the other hand, I'd be pretty fervent if I had to put up with this shit everyday of my life, so you can write that off as white privilege. And
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in any case, this is an excellent example of why attempts to deal with racism must be social as well as political; and why the fight against anti-Black racism must aim ultimately at genuine racial equality, and not at more simplistic identity political posturing about, you know, your white privilege.
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