Tuesday, April 28
University Book Store
4326 University Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
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 now from Haymarket Books.
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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.