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Publication Date: Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2019
Race for Profit uncovers how exploitative real estate practices continued well after housing discrimination was banned. The same racist structures and individuals remained intact after redlining's end, and close relationships between regulators and the industry created incentives to ignore improprieties. As a result, by the end of the 1970s, the nation's first programs to encourage Black homeownership ended with tens of thousands of foreclosures in Black communities across the country. The push to uplift Black homeownership had descended into a goldmine for realtors and mortgage lenders, and a ready-made cudgel for the champions of deregulation to wield against government intervention of any kind. Narrating the story of a sea-change in housing policy and its dire impact on African Americans, Race for Profit reveals how the urban core was transformed into a new frontier of cynical extraction.
How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective by Edited by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Publication Date: Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2017
The Combahee River Collective, a path-breaking group of radical black feminists, was one of the most important organizations to develop out of the antiracist and women’s liberation movements of the 1960s and 70s. In this collection of essays and interviews edited and introduced by activist-scholar Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, founding members of the organization and contemporary activists reflect on the legacy of its contributions to Black feminism and its impact on today’s struggles.
From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation by Keeang-Yamahtta Taylor
Publication Date: Chicago: Haymarket Books, 2016
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 challenged the impunity with which officers of the law carry out violence against Black people and punctured the illusion of a postracial America. In this stirring and insightful analysis, From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, 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 argued that this new struggle against police violence held the potential to reignite a broader push for Black liberation.
The Anti-Inauguration: Building Resistance in the Trump Era by Anand Gopal; Naomi Klein; Jeremy Scahill; Owen Jones; Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Publication Date: Haymarket Books, 2016
Featuring contributions from Naomi Klein, Jeremy Scahill, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Anand Gopal, and Owen Jones. The five essential speeches presented here are taken from The Anti-Inauguration, held on inauguration night 2017 at the historic Lincoln Theatre in Washington, D.C.
(Runtime: 30:35, originally created January 20, 2016, uploaded on January 23, 2016)
A recording of a conversation between Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and Donna Murch where they discuss the Black political class, the necessity for reconnecting with previous radical political work, and the work necessary to build solidarity as we imagine a world without injustice and inequity.
(Runtime: 1:21:57, published July 14, 2021)
A discussion between Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and Michelle Alexander on the current political circumstances and how the Black liberation struggle fits into broader trends. Much of the discussion focuses on how Taylor traces the failures of the Obama administration into the harm of the Trump administration, in addition to discussion of what organizing should look like to create meaningful change.
(Runtime: 1:20:48, originally occurred May 6, 2019, published June 25, 2019)
A recording of a talk and subsequent discussion/conversation about Taylor's book by the same title as the video. Taylor frames the political situation at the time in the United States in the framework of the rebellions which began the Black Lives Matter movement and the work that has or has not been done since. In the discussion section she answers questions about the pitfalls of the current organizing structures in the United States and the state of the social movements there in addition to questions about feminist overlap and origins for the movement.
(Runtime: 47:12, published July 20, 2012)
"A talk from the Socialism 2012 Conference in Chicago" given by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (Video description). The talk traces the rise and fall of the Black radical left in the 1960's and analyzes the post-racial politics of the 2000's and early 2010's. Taylor ends the talk by discussing how the systemic nature of racism must be re-centered in conversations about politics, race, and the condition of Black people in the United States moving forward.