The stark reality is police in America have gunned down black youth in the streets many, many times prior to Michael Brown’s death. Why did this act of police brutality lead to such a show of incredible rage and protest from a community?
Moreover, as the community fights to win justice, what are the problems the community will face? How might issues of class, in addition to race, factor into the struggle? And why might many residents have a deep sense of cynicism when told voting can or will solve systemic problems they face?
This week’s guest on the “Unauthorized Disclosure” podcast is Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor. Taylor is an associate professor at Princeton University and works in the Center for African-American Studies. She wrote a piece for Socialist Worker, “What Divides Black America?” on how the “eruption of outrage and protest in Ferguson has shown a spotlight on the out-of-touch attitudes and policies of black political leaders.” She talks to us about issues of class and class position in black communities and how these issues factor into efforts to win justice.
During the discussion portion, the show stays on this topic and highlights an array of examples of police crimes that seem to have occurred or earned attention in the past week. The demands for justice from organizers in Ferguson are highlighted as well. I also spend a bit of time toward the end of the show talking about what I learned and saw while in Ferguson.
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