A review by krayfish1
From #blacklivesmatter to Black Liberation, by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor


It looked a little intimidating, but was a straightforward book that put #BlackLivesMatter into historical context. Writing began in 2014 and the book was published in 2016.

Talks about: why did #BlackLivesMatter start under a Black president? What happened after the civil rights movement? i.e. how did Nixon, Carter, and Reagan start rolling back the progress made? (Answer given: they got people to reject explanations of systemic racism and start blaming individuals by talking about a "culture of poverty" -- which explanation Obama took up when he entered office).

Then Chapter 3 talks about the work to get Black people into elected positions and why that didn't take care of police brutality. (The Black elected officials bought in to the mainstream narrative about Black people).

Chapter 4 gives historical context to the police force, then talks about the rise of "broken windows" policing, militarization of the police, and the drastic increase in the number of people incarcerated (200,000 in 1970 to 2-4 million now).

Chapters 5 & 6 cover how Obama handled talking about Black issues (he avoided it), and the recent history of deaths & protests that led to the start of #BlackLivesMatter as a movement.

Chapter 7 talks about the relationship between racism and capitalism.