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Mumia Abu-Jamal

“Because Black Minds Matter.”

Her name is distinctively and deliciously black. A young scholar named Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor has recently authored book that promises to open the eyes as well as minds. It’s titled “From #BlackLivesMatter to Black LIberation” put out last year from Haymarket Books.

In it, Taylor examines the violent impunity of the cops and their racist esteem for black life, the very thing sparked black rebellions across the twentieth century, from one in California to Overtown in Florida. She charted with the explosive growth of the Black Lives Matter movement and related organizations nationally.

She also gives a failing grade of black politicians, for many of them had no idea how to respond to one of the most pressing problems facing black people: police terror. Her critique of black politicians show that they differ little from their white predecessors except for their color. For professor Taylor, few so-called black political leaders, many of whom signed on to mass incarceration train engineered by Bill Clinton, get a pass.

Her work is thoughtful, honest, critical and insightful. She does great credit to the scholars art. Several years ago while professor Michelle Alexander rocked the house with her remarkable book. The new Jim Crow. Now it’s Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor’s turn. From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation from Haymarket.

From imprisoned nation, this is Mumia Abu-Jamal.

These commentaries are recorded by Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio.