Black Women Lead Black Lives Matter

Black Studies Professor Cornell West aims to link his generation of older civil rights activists with younger activists. He said the new militancy characterizes young people of all colors who are breaking out of the look at me neoliberal “peacock syndrome” of the 1960s and 70s in the “culture of superficial spectacle, driven by money.” The young activists are “disproportionately black, disproportionately women and, significantly, disproportionately black, queer women.” Keys to movement success are breaking out of fear and focusing on the “love ethic” of caring about other people.


George Yancy and Cornel West, “Cornel West: The Fire of a New Generation,” New York Times, August 19, 2015.

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