As a part of the In Pursuit of Cultural Freedom lecture series, the Lannan Foundation brought Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor to Santa Fe. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is assistant professor at the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University. She writes about Black politics, housing inequality and issues of race and class in the U.S.
Her speech and her upcoming book #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation asks why the BLM movement happened when it did, examining modern politics and state-sanctioned violence and historic black activist movements, and even mentioned Occupy – noting that we must look at how to engage in true solidarity with the vision of mutual success and equity for all of the 99%.
“There are 400 billionaires in the US. There are also 45 million people living in poverty. Those are not parallel realities, they are intersecting ones. There are 400 billionaires because there are 45 million poor people.”
When black people are free, we will all be free.
Her book will be published by Haymarket Books in February. It is highly recommended reading – she pulls together many complicated topics with ease and clarity, helping to see the larger picture while also recognizing the importance of individual people and acts.
In the mean time, read this interview with the Santa Fe New Mexican – Pasatiempo.