with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and Donna Murch.
WED 1/27 @ 7:00 pm
CUNY Graduate Center
365 5th Ave, room 9204
For most of US history, the police have used violence against African Americans with impunity—but after the murder of unarmed teenager Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, mass protests erupted to challenge that impunity. In the process, a new generation of Black activists has come to question the old methods of struggle, puncture the Obama-era illusion of a “postracial” United States, and declare without apology that #BlackLivesMatter.
In this discussion, activist and scholar Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor will survey the history and current realities of US racism. She will examine how institutional racism has created and shaped the structural problems that affect Black people, such as mass incarceration and unemployment, even as more Black people hold political office than ever before.
Amidst this discussion of the context for this new struggle against police violence, Taylor will point to the potential of the Black Lives Matter movement to reignite and broaden the struggle for liberation.
This event will also celebrate the release of Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor’s From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, out January 20 from Haymarket Books.
“Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor’s searching examination of the social, political and economic dimensions of the prevailing racial order offers important context for understanding the necessity of the emerging movement for black liberation.”
—Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow
Co-sponsored by Haymarket Books, the International Socialist Organization, and more TBA.
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Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor writes on Black politics, housing inequality, and issues of race and class in the United States, and is an Assistant Professor in Princeton University’s Center for African American Studies. Taylor’s articles have been published in Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture and Society, Jacobin, New Politics, The Black Commentator, Black Agenda Report, Ms., and other publications. Taylor is assistant professor at the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University.
Donna Murch is an Associate Professor of History at Rutgers University, where she specializes on historical studies of mass incarceration/war on drugs, Black Power and Civil Rights, California, social movements, and postwar U.S. cities. Murch is the author of “Living for the City: Migration, Education” and “The Rise of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, CA.”