Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor is a contributing writer at The New Yorker, where she writes about Black history and politics, social movements, and racial inequality in the United States.
Taylor is a professor of African American Studies at Princeton University and the author of several books. “Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership” was a semifinalist for the 2019 National Book Award and a 2020 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for history. Her earlier book “From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation” won the Lannan Cultural Freedom Award for an Especially Notable Book in 2016. She is also the editor of “How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective,” which won the Lambda Literary Award for L.G.B.T.Q. nonfiction in 2018.
Taylor is a former contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. Her writing has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Boston Review, the Paris Review, the Guardian, the Nation, Jacobin, and “Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society,” among others.
In 2016, Taylor was named among the top hundred most influential African-Americans in the United States by The Root. In 2018, Essence named her among the top one hundred “change makers” in the country. She has also been appointed a distinguished lecturer for the Organization of American Historians.
All Work
Under Review
The Unknown History of Black Uprisings
In a new book, the historian Elizabeth Hinton reveals that, in the late sixties and early seventies, there were hundreds of local rebellions against white violence and racial inequality.
By Keeanga-Yamahtta TaylorJune 24, 2021
Our Columnists
The Emerging Movement for Police and Prison Abolition
Mariame Kaba, a New York City-based activist and organizer, is at the center of an effort to “build up another world.”
By Keeanga-Yamahtta TaylorMay 7, 2021
Our Columnists
The Meaning of the Democrats’ Spending Spree
Do President Biden’s stimulus and infrastructure bills represent a moment of political expedience, or a more permanent change?
By Keeanga-Yamahtta TaylorApril 6, 2021
Our Columnists
What’s at Stake in the Fight Over Reopening Schools
From housing to health care, low-income people and others ravaged by debt and inequality are beginning to demand a better life subsidized by public money.
By Keeanga-Yamahtta TaylorFebruary 9, 2021
Under Review
A Black Lives Matter Founder on Building Modern Movements
In a new book, Alicia Garza writes, “We can’t be afraid to establish a base that is larger than the people we feel comfortable with.”
By Keeanga-Yamahtta TaylorJanuary 18, 2021
Our Columnists
The Bitter Fruits of Trump’s White-Power Presidency
The events of January 6th make clear a growing unity between the Republican Party and white supremacists.
By Keeanga-Yamahtta TaylorJanuary 12, 2021
Our Columnists
Black America Has Reason to Question Authorities
From vaccines to public schools, a history of cruelty and neglect informs Black communities’ relation to the state.
By Keeanga-Yamahtta TaylorJanuary 10, 2021
Our Columnists
Voting Trump Out Is Not Enough
The need in this country dwarfs the best of what Joe Biden has put on the table for changing our current condition.
By Keeanga-Yamahtta TaylorNovember 9, 2020
Our Columnists
The Case for Ending the Supreme Court as We Know It
For most of its history, the Supreme Court, the branch of government least accountable to the public, has tended toward a fundamental conservatism, siding with tradition over more expansive visions of human rights.
By Keeanga-Yamahtta TaylorSeptember 25, 2020
Our Columnists
The Players’ Revolt Against Racism, Inequality, and Police Terror
A group of athletes across various American professional sports have communicated the fear, frustration, and anger of most of Black America.
By Keeanga-Yamahtta TaylorSeptember 9, 2020
Listen to the New Yorker Radio Hour
Buy the Cover
Play the Crossword
Play the Jigsaw Puzzle
Follow Us
© 2021 Condé Nast. All rights reserved. Use of and/or registration on any portion of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement (updated as of 1/1/21) and Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement (updated as of 1/1/21). Your California Privacy Rights. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Condé Nast. The New Yorker may earn a portion of sales from products and services that are purchased through links on our site as part of our affiliate partnerships with retailers. Ad Choices