Saturday, May 14 12pm
Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library
This is the first in a series of discussions on From #Blacklivesmatter to Black Liberation by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor. We will be discussing the Introduction (Black Awakening in Obama’s America) and Chapter 1 (Culture of Racism).
Over the course of the past two years we’ve witnessed the emergence of Black Lives Matter, a movement that not only demands justice for victims of racist violence of the police, but also acts as a vehicle for redressing the broader systemic racial inequality that characterizes Black life in America. In “#BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation” Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor raises the question, why, in a nation founded on on a vicious and persisting racism, is a period of Black radicalization happening now?
In an effort to answer this question Taylor examines the context in which the mass protests of the Black Lives Matter Movement have erupted and how these protests reveal the illusion of a post-racial America.
In her in-depth look at the political landscape that gave birth to Black Lives Matter, Taylor offers profound insights into questions of why racism persists, how the predominant strategies for fighting inequality have failed, and argues for how the Black Lives Matter Movement has the potential to reignite a broader push for the ultimate goal: Black liberation.
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