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contribution to the movement for racial justice in “postracial”
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.