I don't want to drone on and on about this and I'm sure you don't want me to. I've already done a MyTake regarding race relations and race dialogue. Now I'm going to do a MyTake exploring the black lives matter movement in depth. Listing problems and listing solutions. The good and the bad. That being said, if you can't stand to hear the black lives matter movement being criticized, click off. Feel free to respond to this MyTake but if you call me an ignorant racist I'm just going to ignore you. I am not obligated to respond to hate, and I won't. With that being said, onto today's topic.
Black Lives Matter
Started in 2012 after the death of Trayvon Martin
Does not have one single leader. Has many leaders in many countries.
Main goals include reforming the justice system, reducing the number of unarmed black men being killed, and reducing police abuse towards black men
The problems with the Black Lives Matter movement
1) The movement is violent
It's not hard to see why people think this. Here's just a couple examples of some of the things black lives matter supporters have said and done
Those are large groups of people shouting hateful rhetoric. It's no wonder BLM gets such a bad reputation.
Solution: Black Lives Matter needs to distance itself from people like this. They need to make it clear that these people are not members of black lives matter because they do not stand for what BLM believes in. They can keep chanting Black Lives Matter all they want, but if BLM's official website disavows itself, the chant is meaningless.
2) The movement is racist
Milwaukee riots anybody? "They beating up white people."
Here's a really terrific woman shouting for the death of all white babies. What a wonderful human being. (sorry about the angle)
I can already anticipate what the response will be. These people weren't chanting Black Lives Matter. How do you know that they are Black Lives Matter supporters? Truth be told, I don't know that. But in general people think they are. It doesn't matter whether they actually are or are not. If people think they are, that reflects badly on Black Lives Matter as a whole.
Solution: Same as before. Disavow. Make it clear that these people are not members of the black lives matter movement and Black Lives Matter does not want anything to do with people like this.
3. Black Lives Matter only cares about Black people
I'm not saying that. I know this isn't the case. However, many people believe that Black Lives Matter means ONLY black lives matter and the movement ONLY cares about white people. And with the clips I just showed you, can you really blame them? Sure, the cases of racism against whites are few and far between but what about the anti-cop rhetoric. BLM website can make all sorts of claims about black lives matter caring about the lives of cops, but if the members of Black Lives matter spew anti-cop hate speech, those claims are meaningless.
And I'm not just talking about the clips you saw. I'm talking about the tweets supporting the death of cops praying for cops to die. If you don't believe me, google it.
The solution is two fold. One, disavow. Two, expand the movement to include other issues affecting other races as well. I understand this would be a complete overhaul and reform and would not be easy to do, but if Black Lives Matter really wants to be successful they are going to have to make some changes. And it's not like we'd lose focus on the main objective- the movement is called Black Lives Matter. It can still focus mainly on black lives.
If less unarmed people overall get shot by cops that's a win for everybody. And if less unarmed people are being shot by cops that means less unarmed black men are getting shot by cops. Like I say, win-win.
I would happily support the movement and its current goals, but many people won't if they don't feel included. Including other people would help eliminate the current belief that Black lives Matter only cares about black people.
Correction: I would happily support the movement and its current goals, if not for the multitude of glaring issues I'm about to discuss.
4. Abysmal Leadership
Let me divert your attention away from what the followers of Black Lives Matter have done and instead focus on what the leaders are currently doing.
Here's an interview with a leader of black lives matter. Have a watch, and I'll discuss the video down below.
Really great role model huh?
Not only did he refuse to condemn the protesters for their actions, he even went so far as to pass the blame onto everybody else for focusing on that and calling out what they saw. Are you fucking kidding me?
He lacks even the most basic understanding of the first amendment which clearly states that people have the right to peaceably assemble. PEACEABLY.
Does this look peaceful to you?
It sure doesn't look peacful to me. Or peaceable. "Inclined to avoid argument or violent conflict." That's not how I'd describe it.
With leaders like this, it's little wonder many of the followers are so misbehaved.
Solution: Black Lives Matter needs to organize a set of leaders. The founders of Black Lives Matter need to appoint respectable members of black communities leaders. If anybody can call themselves a leader and lead, this is what happens. People like this should not be leaders. Leaders should be intelligent, knowledgeable, logical, and should take responsibility. Basically they should be the opposite of this guy.
5. Attention Seeking
Black Lives Matter spends so much time trying to get people's attention. They interfere with people's lives, shut down bridges, and interrupt LGBT events so they can talk about their movement. Below are a couple examples of this destructive behavior.
Black Lives Matter already has attention, they already have eyes and ears on them, and yet they want EVEN MORE attention. I'm guessing the people on that bridge rushed out to support black lives matter after they couldn't get to work and lost their jobs, right? No, I'm guessing the opposite. These actions make people dislike Black Lives Matter. This isn't rocket science. I don't know how these people can be so oblivious. This isn't how you get support for your movement.
Solution: Like I said before, appoint leaders. If you leave it up to individual people to organize they do stupid shit like this. If BLM had leaders that could plan organizations and ensure those organizations were positive, that would help a lot.
Solution: For fuck's sake, let white people help. Don't ask them to buy laptops and cell phones. Allow them to demonstrate. Don't send them to the back of the demonstration. Black Lives Matter needs all the help and support it can get. The more people, regardless of race, you have supporting a movement the more successful that movement will be.
Like I said before, disavow. Make it clear that the woman who said white people should just give them money for laptops and cell phones isn't a member of Black Lives Matter because that isn't what BLM believes in.
7. Disorganized, Scattered, No plan
Never in my entire life have I ever witnessed a movement so disorganized and scattered. The leader Don Lemon was interviewing could not answer a very basic question like "How are you going to achieve these goals." As long as this is the case, this movement won't change a thing.
Some members want help from the government and some leaders want help from politicians. Other leaders and members want nothing to do with politicians. Individual members can't seem to agree on a damn thing, except that unarmed black men being killed is an issue.
Black Lives Matter has an identity crisis right now, and it's getting worse and worse. Now that they have all eyes and ears on them more and more people are noticing how fundamentally broken the movement actually is.
How can a movement possibly achieve its goals when it A) has no plan for actually doing that and B) Goals vary from member to member.
There needs to be unity within Black Lives Matter. A particular set of goals and a plan for how to achieve those goals.
Solution: Like I said before, certain people should be appointed as leaders by the founders of the movement. Otherwise the movement continues to be a disorganized mess. I have little faith in the movement and I honestly don't see anything changing because of it.
There are several issues plaguing black lives matter. Simple fixes including organized leadership, disavowing, and weeding out poor leaders could go a long way. More complex fixes like expanding the range of issues would also help.
If black lives Matter implements those simple fixes, I will support it. If it implements the complex fix AND the simple fixes I will support it. If it only implements the complex fix, I will not support it because the same problems as before will still be present.
I really hope eventually I can support Black Lives Matter. But in its current state I would be foolish to.