This might prove unpopular, but I think it is URGENT that we make a distinction between Black Lives Matter-The Concept and Black Lives Matter-The Movement.
The concept that Black Lives Matter should be universally agreed to. Under which circumstances should black lives NOT matter? This is a no-brainer, if you possess even an ounce of humanity.
But Black Lives Matter-The Movement is a different animal. On their website the group that has formed and grown over the past several years lists it’s goals. Several are reasonable goals about equal protection under the law, justice and so forth. But they go WELL beyond your typical concern over race relations.
A lot of it is borderline social Marxism.
“We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, especially our children, to the degree that mothers, parents, and children are comfortable.”
This is Hillary’s “It takes a village” concept taken to the nth degree. They also want to “free ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking.” If someone could explain how this view improves Black people and their experience I would love to hear it.
I point all this out to say this. None of their views are evil. It’s actually boilerplate modern progressivism. But because they are packaging it under the rubric of “Black Lives Matter,” they are able to say that if you disagree with their goals then you must think that Black Lives do NOT matter. That, of course, is nonsense on steroids. In a society that promoted responses over reactions, such a puerile observation would be laughed out of existence. But that is not our society. We unfortunately operate from the assumption that feelings are facts. And we will let them get away with this.
This is the same gambit some have used recently to equate policy disagreements with former President Obama as “racist.” Or policy disagreements with Hillary Clinton as “misogynist.” Or that if you disagree with the tactics of AntiFa you must be PRO fascist.
It is a frustrating thing to witness. Because the casualties are honesty, productive debate, collective intelligence and basic manners.