In Baltimore and Across the Country, Black Faces in High Places Haven’t Helped Average Black People

Electing African-American political leaders has done little to alleviate the suffering of Black America

By Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

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Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Assistant Professor at Princeton University

What makes the Baltimore uprising different from an earlier era is that the vicious attacks on African Americans have unfolded at a time of unprecedented Black political power.

Fewer than 40 miles from Baltimore, in the nation’s capitol, resides the nation’s first African-American president. There are 43 Black members of Congress and two Senators—the highest number of Black Congress members in American history. And just as the West Side of Baltimore was erupting against the police killing of Freddie Gray, Loretta Lynch became the first Black woman appointed as Attorney General.