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Black socialism in the United States

from Black Live Matter to Black Liberation
Forfatter: Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Forlag: Haymarket Books (USA)
The United States faces the choice between socialism or barbarism.

What exactly is Black Lives Matter for a size? Is it a campaign against police violence, is it a protest movement that will revolutionize the United States, is it an organization that fights for the rights of African Americans and to get more among them to vote or be elected to public office? Or was it the name of a series of very extensive but scattered and contradictory riots that took place in the US in 2014 – 15, in response to police violence and structural racism? According to Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Black Lives Matter is all of the above, but primarily a protest movement that articulates a pervasive critique of the racial and economic inequalities of American society. As such, BLM is a revolutionary movement, or a revolutionary movement a spe. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor reads the BLM as a reactivation of the most radical part of black resistance in the 1960, and links BLM directly with a radical anti-capitalist critique that understands racism as a system that divides the working class and awards white subjects capitalist-produced privileges. Class exchange and racial oppression are interrelated and affirm each other in the United States. Unlike "Afropessimists" such as Frank B. Wilderson III, who reject alliances between blacks and whites and prefer to talk about anti-blackness rather than racism, Taylor tries to link black resistance with what she calls a socialist capitalism criticism. Only as part of a major societal transformation, ie a socialist revolution, is it possible to change structural racism in. . .

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Mikkel Bolt
Professor of political aesthetics at the University of Copenhagen.

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