BLM: Challenges and Possibilities
From #BlacLlivesMatter to Black Liberation
Publisher: Against the Current
Date Written: 01/09/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21690
Book review of Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor's From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation.
The book contains a well-developed critique of how the Black political class has operated over a long period. Taylor clearly identifies the inherent limitations in the strategy of electing Black leaders to office as a way to address police brutality.
One can look at the record of people such as former Cleveland mayor Carl Stokes, elected in 1967 as the first Black mayor of a major city. Stokes appointed a veteran white police officer as chief of police, talked tough on crime, and gave business interests the lead in economic development.
Black Philadelphia mayor Wilson Goode, Jr. infamously allowed his police chief to drop a bomb on a house full of members of the Black nationalist organization MOVE in 1985, killing eleven members (including five children).