Category: Race

Succeeding While Black

Michelle Obama’s new book reduces racial inequality to a matter of psychological impairment that can be overcome through grit and grin. This is a dangerous proposition. by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, 2019 Michelle Obama’s popularity is a remarkable political feat. Her ascent into the public spotlight, after all, began as a receptacle of rightwing misogynoir. From the

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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 , 2016 This year marks the 50th anniversary of many of the most significant events of the Black Freedom Struggle of the 1960s. Two years ago, we celebrated the March on Washington; last year we recognized the 1964

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Neighborhoods Matter

Structural Racism and the Struggle to Make Ends Meet in Underdeveloped black neighborhoods in Buffalo By Dr. Henry Louis Taylor, 2016 In the United States, we are conditioned to view racism through individual dispositions, situational frameworks and/or the practices of specific institutions. Rarely, if ever, do we see the association between the day-to-day struggles of

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Why should we trust you? Clinton’s big problem with young black Americans

by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, 2016 In the 1990s, Democrats helped shift the national conversation away from systemic racism. If the country’s first black president could not disrupt the racial status quo, what can we expect Hillary Clinton to accomplish? You always know an election is near in the US when Democrats and Republicans start to discuss

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The Four Horsemen of Structural Racism

Under-developing Black Neighborhoods in Ferguson By Henry Louis Taylor The dramatic response to the killing of Michael Brown raises the theoretical question, “What is the meaning of Ferguson in this Age of Neo-liberalism?”  While much has been written about the Brown shooting, we seek to dive deeper,  and examine the community-level structural dynamics that spawned

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