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A Discussion of “From #Blacklivesmatter to Black Liberation”
March 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC-5
“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: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Join Prison Resistance Project and UMD Socialists for a discussion of the highly praised work From #Blacklivesmatter to Black Liberation by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor.
In this work, Professor Taylor examines and explains how the #Blacklivesmatter movement emerged under the first Black president of the United States of America as a necessary action against a systematic and extensive history of police-brutality. In an era in which race was said to no longer matter, the blatant and recorded murder of so many Black people by police embodied , in a very powerful way, the institutional racism pervading all levels of society (the economy, the federal and local state, police, and schools). This obvious and blatant murder, disregard for, and oppression of Black people contradicted the prevalent ideology of “colorblindness” and “the culture of poverty” i.e. everything that taught to justify Black oppression. The failure of and complicity of the political establishment to overcome the problems of racism inspired a mass movement directed to and hoping for Black liberation.
Come to discuss the #Blacklivesmatter movement, institutional racism, capitalism and Black liberation.