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22 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, often where they are interviewed.

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22 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, often where they are interviewed.

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Understanding Policing pt. 2: Thinking with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor and Jackie Wang

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This episode builds on episode 2 and includes a cut from our last class (7.1.20). Here I dive into the work of both Taylor and Wang, looking at the genealogy of policing from the slave patrol through the War on Terror. We focus on the cyclical racialization of crime and criminalization of race; the spatiality of race and policing; the limits of diversification; and the growth of mass incarceration from Reagan to Trump.  

Jul 05 2020 · 1hr 43mins
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BLM Occupation, Tofu, Asian POCs, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor on Black Politicians, and Guest Dae Shik Kim, Jr.

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Hello from the American rebellion!

A packed episode on the BLM protests from our vantage point as cynical Asians and former Seattle residents. (Yes, Mukilteo counts.) We discuss the evolving Capitol Hill Occupied Protest both at the top of the show and in the second half, when we interview special guest Dae Shik Kim, Jr., a Seattle-based journalist and activist.

We also get into the latest controversies on Asian American twitter, including a “chewy and bland” tweet about tofu and a handful of viral videos featuring racist Karens. On a more hopeful note, we talk about a writer we admire, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, and her recent piece on the generational divide in black electoral politics.

1:06 – The ongoing occupation of Capitol Hill in Seattle and whether the city can successfully balance its focus on racism-specific issues with more general economic grievances (think “Tax Amazon”; her name is pronounced “Sha-ma”). Bonus: a bizarre Philly DSA statement.

15:02 – Bloomberg Asia’s bizarre tweet hating on tofu (screengrab because Bloomberg has since deleted it):

Also, why food seems so central to Asian American outrage, the timeless “cultural appropriation” debate, and how much we’d pay for an “authentic” Asian meal (not a lot!).

27:35 – This week, a couple videos of white women in California harassing Asian people went viral. Are these videos an appropriate way for Asians to link up with racial-justice struggles? Plus, a hobbyhorse of ours: Asians and the category “POC.”

39:56 – We unpack a recent piece by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor titled, “The End of Black Politics.” Tammy recently hosted a teach-in with Keeanga and Marc Lamont Hill.

47:25 – Seattle-based journalist and activist Dae Shik Kim, Jr. explains the ongoing Capitol Hill Occupied Protest. Why the name change from “autonomous zone”? What are the demands of the “decriminalize Seattle” group? Finally, how Dae Shik has processed this moment as a mixed-race (Korean and Black) person.

Also, a quick announcement: Andy will be participating in a webinar on Thursday (June 18, 7-830P US ET) hosted by a group of scholars of China who want to stake out a left politics against both US and Chinese nationalism. If you’re interested, please register here:


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Viral Politics: Left Perspectives on the World and China, Part Oneby Verso Books

The COVID-19 pandemic has become the latest locus of growing US-China tensions, opening crucial conversations for the international left related to the principles of anti-capitalism, anti-authoritarianism, anti-racism, and anti-imperialism.As critical scholars of China, we will take up these issues in a two-part webinar series.We begin with the questions: How can we move from scapegoating China to developing an analysis of capitalism, authoritarianism and imperialism as global systems that produce crises and injustices? How can we address proliferating social inequalities, political oppression, and environmental degradation amid geopolitical tensions? How do we counter China-bashing abroad without sidelining the legitimate concerns of Chinese citizens and social movements in China? How do we address rising xenophobia, racism, and nationalism in pandemic times? And, what is the role of China scholars in producing critical knowledge and engaging with political questions?

Co-sponsored by:Haymarket Books, n+1, Made in China Journal, The Nation, New Politics, The Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), Spectre Journal, and Justice is Global

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Jun 16 2020 · 1hr 24mins

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Ep 238 - #BYPSpotlight: On the Line with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

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Black Youth Project has joined forces with AirGo for a year-long #BYPSpotlight series, featuring our favorite Black academics and activists. This month’s #BYPSpotlight episode is with New Yorker columnist, professor, and organizer Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, who hops on the line with us in the midst of this shelter-in-place period. We discuss the relationship between her writing and her organizing work in Chicago, understanding the ways that racism is at the core of COVID-19's destruction, the implications of pegging human needs to profit motives, and much more.

Read Keeanga's excellent piece The Black Plague in the most recent New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/the-black-plague

Recorded 4/24/20 remotely
Music from this week's show:
Park - Isaiah Rashad
Apr 29 2020 · 47mins
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Race for Profit - Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

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Jordan T. Camp's guest this week is scholar-activist Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, who discusses her new book, Race for Profit: How Banks and Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership (University of North Carolina Press).
Apr 13 2020 · 41mins

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The Quarantine Tapes 012: Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

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Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor writes and speaks on Black politics, social movements, and racial inequality in the United States.
Taylor is a widely sought public speaker and writer. In 2016, she was named one of the hundred most influential African Americans in the United States by The Root. She has been appointed as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians by the Organization of American Historians, and as the Charles H. McIlwain University Preceptor at Princeton University from 2018-2021. Author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation, which won the Lannan Cultural Freedom Award for an Especially Notable Book in 2016. She is also editor of How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective, which won the Lambda Literary Award for LGBQT nonfiction in 2018.

Paul Holdengräber is an interviewer and curator of public curiosity. He is the Founder and Director of Onassis LA (OLA), a center for dialogue. Previously he was the Founder and Director of LIVE from the NYPL, a cultural series at the New York Public Library, where he hosted over 600 events, holding conversations with everyone from Patti Smith to Zadie Smith, Ricky Jay to Jay-Z, Errol Morris to Jan Morris, Wes Anderson to Helen Mirren, Christopher Hitchens to Mike Tyson. He is the host of "A Phone Call From Paul," a podcast for The Literary Hub.

DUBLAB is a non-profit radio station based in Los Angeles. Since 1999, DUBLAB has been broadcasting wide spectrum music from around the world daily. Their programming has expanded to include the production of original art exhibitions, films, record releases, education programs related to health, youth, development, education creative processes and events with leading institutions in LA and beyond. DUBLAB is a platform for discovery and cultivation of next - wave music, arts and culture.

Apr 07 2020 · 30mins
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Dig: Race for Profit with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

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Dan interviews Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor on her book Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership.

Come see Dan discuss All-American Nativism in Boston on 3/4 facebook.com/events/522615241724284/

Support this podcast with your money at Patreon.com/TheDig

Feb 28 2020 ·
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Race for Profit with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

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Dan interviews Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor on her book Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership.

Come see Dan discuss All-American Nativism in Boston on 3/4 facebook.com/events/522615241724284/

Support this podcast with your money at Patreon.com/TheDig
Feb 28 2020 · 2hr 3mins
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Ep. 20: The Half Baked Politics of Half Measures (feat. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor)

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The failures of liberal half measures, compromise and "third way" politics has opened the door for right-wing demagogues to take power. It has also re-awakened a militant and energized left to combat both the wackadoodle right and the tepid center. We're seeing this play out in American politics and the 2020 Democratic primary.

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is a scholar, author and activist. Her writing and speaking has incisively and ferociously exposed the failures of capitalism and the necessity of a fierce struggle to overcome it. She joins Michael to discuss how the hell we got here and how we liberate ourselves.


"Five Years Later, Do Black Lives Matter?"


"How Real Estate Segregated America"


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Jan 17 2020 · 1hr 20mins
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Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor on Predatory Inclusion

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Often, analyses of the intersections between race and capitalism consider how capitalism harms dispossessed communities of color because excluding or neglecting them is profitable. But what if serving those communities could be both very profitable and very damaging to the people in them? We speak with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor about what she calls “predatory inclusion,” in which financial institutions and real estate interests sought to build black homeownership. In the process, they reaped tremendous profits and devastated the lives of black homeowners.

Jan 10 2020 · 40mins
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Race For Profit with Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

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The Great Recession was a maelstrom that hit many Americans hard - lost jobs, lost homes, for some everything but the clothes on one’s back. Despite the stock market, real recovery has been glacial at best. Yet many don’t know just how deep the crisis' roots go when it comes to the Black community. Keeanga Yamahtta-Taylor explains the origins of the systemic discrimination behind the housing policies that skipped over, then exploited, Black families trying to find a safe, sound, and affordable place to raise their families.   Keeanga's newest book, Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership, evolved from her organizing and activist work as a tenant advocate to protect tenants from eviction. The Great Recession hit while she was in grad school and she saw the parallels between her research on the origins of segregation and the subprime lending market as she studied the relationship between the federal government and housing programs over the decades.   Steve notes the changes wrought by neoliberalism and the shift of power from public to private sector; Keeanga adds that though neoliberalism was always there in some form, it became a distinct and rising ideology during the late 60s to early 70s.   Contributing factors to “include” Black people in housing were a market opportunity that arose with white homeownership’s saturation of the market; demand that increased with the Black exodus from South to North, and their growing incomes; and urban uprisings like the Watts riots which pushed the federal government to find a solution to quell the rebellion - the idea was that if more Black people owned their homes, they’d be less likely to burn them down.   Between FHA guaranteed loans to blacks and a $2 billion pool raised by the top 300 insurance companies, cracks began to appear in redlining and housing discrimination, but the ensured inclusion of Blacks in the housing market instead became predatory, as real estate operatives and speculators jumped into the mix - buying houses for pennies on the dollar, quickly flipping them and selling them high. New methods of exploitation like these were developed to take advantage of Black people.   Conditions created by those decades of discrimination became "evidence of risk" to allow creditors, bankers, and realtors to devise a different set of rules for Black would-be homeowners and business owners. Black families went from being refused housing to bending over backward to get it - only to find conditions deplorable and forcing them to walk away, while real estate brokers and lenders got away with the loot between commissions, closing costs and the eventual foreclosure. One official called it “business in heaven - you can’t lose money.” A supposed step up for the Black community became a stumbling block and another source of corporate profit.

Steve refers to Michelle Alexander, who called the situation “a horror story in racial capitalism” and Keeanga concurs: in the course of her research, it became ever clearer that "the issue is not the system failure of capitalism or American system of governance" but that the system works perfectly fine - just not for Black people.   In closing, Keeanga is inspired by the fact that thanks to Bernie Sanders and the Squad, housing as a human right is now being debated and discussed, which provides another shot to do things right this time. There must be boots on the ground to force the Republicans and centrist Democrats to do the will of the people they’re elected to serve.   Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is Assistant Professor of African-American Studies at Princeton University. She writes and speaks on Black politics, social movements and racial inequality in the US.


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Dec 07 2019 · 46mins