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Have Black lives ever mattered?

by Abu-Jamal, Mumia,

Format: Print Book 2017
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Summary

"A must-read for anyone interested in social justice and inequalities, social movements, the criminal justice system, and African American history. An excellent companion to Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow and Ava DuVernay's documentary 13th ."-- Library Journal , Starred review

"I was fortunate to grow up in a community in which it was apparent that our lives mattered. This memory is the antidote to the despair that seizes one of my generation when we hear the words 'Black Lives Matter.' We want to shout: Of course they do! To you, especially. In this brilliant, painful, factual and useful book, we see to whom our lives have not mattered: the profit driven Euro-Americans who enslaved and worked our ancestors to death within a few years, then murdered them and boughtreplacements. Many of these ancestors are buried beneath Wall Street. Mumia Abu-Jamal's painstaking courage, truth-telling, and disinterest in avoiding the reality of American racial life is, as always, honorable."--Alice Walker

"Prophet, critic, historian, witness . . . Mumia Abu-Jamal is one of the most insightful and consequential intellectuals of our era. These razor sharp reflections on racialized state violence in America are the fire and the memory our movements need right now."--Robin D. G. Kelley, author ofFreedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination

"Mumia Abu Jamal's clarion call for justice and defiance of state oppression has never dimmed, despite his decades of being shackled and caged. He is one of our nation's most valiant revolutionaries and courageous intellectuals. "--Chris Hedges, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and author ofWages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt

"This collection of short meditations, written from a prison cell, captures the past two decades of police violence that gave rise to Black Lives Matter while digging deeply into the history of the United States. This is the book we need right now to find our bearings in the chaos."
--Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author ofAn Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States

In December 1981, Mumia Abu-Jamal was shot and beaten into unconsciousness by Philadelphia police. He awoke to find himself shackled to a hospital bed, accused of killing a cop. He was convicted and sentenced to death in a trial that Amnesty International has denounced as failing to meet the minimum standards of judicial fairness.

In Have Black Lives Ever Mattered?, Mumia gives voice to the many people of color who have fallen to police bullets or racist abuse, and offers the post-Ferguson generation advice on how to address police abuse in the United States. This collection of his radio commentaries on the topic features an in-depth essay written especially for this book to examine the history of policing in America, with its origins in the white slave patrols of the antebellum South and an explicit mission to terrorize the country's black population. Applying a personal, historical, and political lens, Mumia provides a righteously angry and calmly principled radical black perspective on how racist violence is tearing our country apart and what must be done to turn things around.

"[Mumia's] writings are a wake-up call. He is a voice from our prophetic tradition, speaking to us here, now, lovingly, urgently."--Cornel West

"He allows us to reflect upon the fact that transformational possibilities often emerge where we least expect them."--Angela Y. Davis

Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "The 75 pithy essays collected here, written between 1998 and 2017 by political activist and journalist Abu-Jamal (Live from Death Row), possess the impact and immediacy of the events that precipitated them (half of the essays are set in motion by the recent killings of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown) while also being haunted by the longer history of police violence. While the author does reflect on the widely reported cases of police violence against African-Americans, as well as on the role of the media in determining what gets attention, the strength of the book rests in the essays that draw attention to lesser-known victims of police violence, particularly women of color whose stories never reached the mainstream media. Over the course of nearly four decades in prison, Abu-Jamal, who was sentenced to death in 1982 for the shooting of a policeman (a conviction that was overturned in 2001), has become an astute student of the justice system as well as a particularly cogent opponent of the death penalty. "The rage of protest," he observes, is often followed by silence, and "the silent assault of mass incarceration" persists. The brief essays here offer small but potent doses of Abu-Jamal's informed and impassioned writing. (June) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series Open Media book.
Subjects African Americans -- Social conditions -- 1975-
African Americans -- Civil rights.
Racism -- United States.
African Americans -- Violence against.
Police brutality -- United States.
United States -- Race relations.
Publisher San Francisco, CA :2017
Language English
Description xiii, 206 pages ; 18 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 204-206).
ISBN 9780872867383
0872867382 (paperbound)
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