You can't fail to have seen the protests erupting around the world under the banner of 'Black Lives Matter'.
The concept of 'Black Lives Matter' taken on its own is a just one. Given the racism that many black people in the UK experience its just and right that we should concentrate on what they unjustly face. To those who say that British 'society' isn't racist then I would say you are wrong. Try speaking to some black people about the issues they have and are facing and you will be educated.
I used to worship at a church that belongs to the Church of God of Prophecy UK denomination, it's what you would call a Black Majority Church. The pastor at the church is probably one of the most just, fair and law abiding person I know but even he could relate incidents in his life and that of his family where they were discriminated. For example the situation of 'driving whilst black'. How many white middle aged men get pulled over by the Police to 'check your licence'? I haven't been pulled over since perhaps 1984. Yet it happens to him far too frequently.
I don't believe we have a systemic racist society and but we do have a society where individual racists of all persusions are able to discriminate free from being challenged on it. It needs to be changed and surely the Black Lives Matter movement is the vehicle to do that? Who could say that 'Black Lives Don't Matter'?
I would say that the problem is that the Black Lives Matter movement isn't just about black lives. It's a hodge-podge of anarchist, pseudo-communist, liberal and fascist left concepts and ideas. What most people don't do is to look into this whole matter, to find out what their demands are and who is funding them. In terms of aims and demands the Black Lives Matter website is pretty clear. They have some excellent and noble aims. But they also have some other aims less well known.
Here's some examples:
We make space for transgender brothers and sisters to participate and lead.
We are self-reflexive and do the work required to dismantle cisgender privilege and uplift Black trans folk, especially Black trans women who continue to be disproportionately impacted by trans-antagonistic violence.
We build a space that affirms Black women and is free from sexism, misogyny, and environments in which men are centered.
We dismantle the patriarchal practice that requires mothers to work “double shifts” so that they can mother in private even as they participate in public justice work.
We disrupt the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement...
We foster a queer‐affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking, or rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual (unless s/he or they disclose otherwise).
Seems to be a bit more than simply 'Black Lives Matter'.
This article was updated in Feb 2022, seems some of the BLM website content has been removed, or rather hidden.
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