I don’t have much to say about Black Lives Matter as a movement. That might surprise you, or maybe not.
Then again, I don’t have much to say about most movements. I didn’t really comment much on the Tea Party movement or Occupy Wall Street. Supporters of these movements and those in opposition hold hard positions on the movement. Wading in to comment on such a thing usually doesn’t go very far. I always figured they would have their their flare up, do some protests, let their anger and frustration out, and then as they matured, they would wander off into the wilderness of being lost – without a leader, without direction, without people understanding what they were about besides protesting. They would end up being defined by their opposition. They would gain some kind of change they desired, but the big changes would be undefinable and scattered, meaning they would never fully get what they wanted because they didn’t really know what they wanted in specific terms.
Black Lives Matter has been going strong for a couple of years now and is at a tipping point – so says John Blake, who wrote a piece entitled “Is Black Lives Matter blowing it?” on August 1, just a few days ago.
I thought it was a well thought out piece exploring the history of movements and how that history relates to Black Lives Matter and the concerns Mr. Blake has for the movement going forward.
I would encourage you to read the article (It’s a little long, but well worth reading). I’d really like to hear your thoughts on it too. Is Black Lives Matter going to go the way of other movements? Will it be different? Why? What are some signs you see that point to your conclusion?