- The same poverty. The same criminal-justice system. What can honestly be said to have changed in the lives of young African-Americans?
- Related: The movement will not be criminalized
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune
Now you can follow Evergreene Digest on Twitter.
Photo: Kristin Pelisek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel/MCT
August 1, 2016 | Eight years ago, at the dawn of the Obama era, pundits seriously debated whether the election of the nation’s first black president would mark an end to the country’s long history of racial inequality. Weeks after Obama was elected, Forbes Magazine jubilantly published an editorial headlined “Racism in America Is Over.” While few others went quite so far, 7 out of 10 Americans did believe that “race relations” would improve as a result of the Obama presidency.
What happened? How did we get from the optimism of Barack Obama’s presidential run to the eruption of a protest movement calling itself Black Lives Matter? Perhaps the optimism itself is to blame, or rather the contrast between Obama’s promise and the reality of his tenure.
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is the author of “From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation” and professor of African-American Studies at Princeton University. Taylor wrote this article for the Los Angeles Times.
Full story …
The movement will not be criminalized, Janae Bonsu, People's World
Photo: Riot police arrest a nurse protesting peacefully in Baton Rouge. | Max Becherer/AP
- Alton Sterling - just like with Tanisha Anderson and countless others - lost their lives after police were called. We have no other choice than to be more vigilant than ever - not only in our resistance, but in our commitment to building an abolitionist future in our everyday lives. We have to be unyielding in our right to resist, and brave, imaginative, and bold enough to interrogate all the ways in which we don't have to rely on police; we have to increasingly rely on, love, support, and protect each other. Our lives depend on it.
- Related: From the Archives | The Bandwagon of Hate: America’s Cancer