Can Black Lives Matter improve race relations in America?

In a recent article, front runner Democratic presidential hopefuls Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have attempted to align themselves with the Black Lives Matter movement. It appears that this is a strategy to align them to receive the majority Black vote for which Republicans desperately need. Black Lives Matter can use their opportunities to enhance the overall economic advantage needed by many of the constituents that they supposedly represent instead of becoming a disruptive force in their bid to improve race relations.

According to the article, What we don’t talk about when we talk about race in America, Bernie Sanders has benefited from an intrusion by Black Lives Matter activists. In August 2015, Bernie Sanders was scheduled to appear at Netroots Nation to only be interrupted by the activists. This interruption resulted in Bernie Sanders eventually becoming highlighted on the cover of Times Magazine as well as continuing to receive thousands of dollars in campaign contributions.

Hillary Clinton has benefited from the Black Lives Matter movement too. Recently, Hillary Clinton met with the activists which resulted in national attention. It appears that any democratic candidate that comes in contact with the Black Lives Matter activists have benefited which is contrary to the original purposes of the movement.

What is the purpose of the Black Lives Matter movement?

According to the Black Lives Matter website, Black Lives Matter is a unique contribution that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of Black people by police and vigilantes. It goes beyond the narrow nationalism that can be prevalent within some Black communities, which merely call on Black people to love Black, live Black and buy Black, keeping straight cis Black men in the front of the movement while our sisters, queer and trans and disabled folk take up roles in the background or not at all. Black Lives Matter affirms the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, Black-undocumented folks, folks with records, women and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. It centers those that have been marginalized within Black liberation movements. It is a tactic to (re)build the Black liberation movement. It appears that the Black Lives Matter movement should appeal to the liking of each Black and minority in the United States. However, their results appear to disruptive and marginal.

What is the history of the Black Lives Matter movement?

  1. The movement Black Lives Matter began as the hashtag, #BlackLivesMatter on Twitter, after George Zimmerman’s 2013 acquittal for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.
  2. In August 2014, during Labor Day weekend, Black Lives Matter organized a “Freedom Ride”, that brought more than 500 African-Americans from across the United States into Ferguson, Missouri, to support the work being done on the ground by local organizations.
  3. In December 2014, at least 20 members of a protest that had been using the slogan, Black Lives Matter, were arrested at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.
  4. In November 2014 in Oakland, California, Black Lives Matter stopped a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train on Black Friday, which was one of the biggest shopping days of the year.
  5. In April 2015, Black Lives Matter activist supported a fast food strike in solidarity with fast food workers, and to oppose racial income inequality.
  6. On May 21, 2015 in San Francisco, a protest by Black Lives Matter was part of a nationwide protest of the police killing of black women and girls, which included the deaths of Aiyana Jones, Yvette Smith, Rekia Boyd as well as other women.
  7. In July 2015, at the Netroots Nation Conference, the founder of Black Lives Matter Patrisse Cullors led a protest yelling “Burn everything down!”, and interrupted the speeches of Martin O’Malley and Bernie Sanders.
  8. On August 8, 2015, a speech by Democratic presidential candidate and civil rights activist Bernie Sanders was disrupted by a group from the Seattle Chapter of Black Lives Matter.
  9. On August 13, 2015, activists chanting “Black Lives Matter” interrupted the Las Vegas rally of Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush.
  10. On August 19, 2015, Black Lives Matter issued a statement against the murder of black transgender women, titled “It’s Time! Putting the T Back in Black.”
  11. On August 29, 2015, marchers using the Black Lives Matter banner were recorded in a 19-second video posted on Twitter showing marchers chanting, “Pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon” at the Minnesota State Fair.

It appears that the Black Lives Matter movement has credence in its focus, but the process may endanger the lives of many Blacks and set back the efforts of past civil rights activists. While it is important to express discontent with the present conditions for Blacks, the Black Lives Matter movement would be more beneficial to promote positive racial relationships.

Related Articles

About that awkward ‘black lives matter’ question at the Democratic debate: Jarvis DeBerry

Bernie Sanders Says ‘Black Lives Matter’

Fairfax FOP decries Black Lives Matter sign at Va. farm

Dr. Derrick L. Campbell, Ed.D. www.positiveracialrelationships.com PO Box 1668 Blackwood, NJ 08012

 

Get Email Updates

Author of Promoting Positive Racial Teacher Student Classroom Relationships and Promoting Positive Racial Teacher Student Classroom Relationships: Methodology

doctor_derrick1          Racism Book

“The model that you use to analyze teacher-student relationships is a good one for most school districts”.

~ Joe Vas ~ Perth Amboy Mayor

“Dr. Campbell’s Cultural Relationship Training Program is comprehensive, informative, and should be required training for all schools”

~ Darrell Pope ~ Hutchinson Kansas NAACP President

 

Profile Picture 250 by 250

 

 

Advertisements

About Classroom Racism Exterminator

Racism is a menace and so we’ve been taught for ages which is the primary need for a diversity expert. However, even in this modern society of today where we see a lot of colored celebrities performing on stage with huge fan followings and of course an Afro-America President for the USA, we are still in a phase where racism exists in all its brutal glory and has been eating away at the society like a plague. Classrooms, are one of the most affected areas where color differences and racism exists to its extremes. Even after decades of progress and a lot of communal efforts at bridging the gaps between colored students, white students and teachers, it is sad to say that the disparities still exist and are just as pronounced today as they were back in the 1950s. Colored students, even in the likes of New York City, are attending under resourced schools or have been significantly isolated and made to be unequal in regular schools. Even if the teachers are well-intentioned, perpetuating the structural racism that has taken deep roots into the fabric of our education system is a tough task and make the need for a diversity expert imperative. Teachers need to recognize the biases that exist within the classroom and also take conscious measures to address them and their own biases of course. James Baldwin once said, “it is your very own responsibility to change this society, if you think of yourself as an educated person.” Dr. Derrick L. Campbell took this quote very effectively and straight to the heart and thus this Classroom Racism Exterminator happened. Classroom Racism Exterminator is an initiative that will teach you about your duty and moral obligation towards eliminating racism from the classrooms. This is where and how you will learn about what you need to do to produce a better society that is free of biases and disparities amongst the blacks and the whites. Because we understand how classroom biases and conversations about racism are difficult and how teachers and students almost avoid the topics altogether, we have put together a range of effective methods and products to help address the problem at hand and talk meaningfully to counter issues related to race and racism in the classroom. Diversity expert Dr. Campbell understands that it takes a lot of courage to talk about race and racism and that racial issues need to be viewed through a very critical lens that can understand and attend to the pertaining aspects of racism in the classroom. And therefore through this website we have made a conscious effort to eliminate racism from the classroom and make the educational system equal and beneficial for all. We know and we understand that there are no words that can actually describe how racism feels. There are cases and everybody tends to deal with it in their own manner. Some might lash out verbally or others might just withdraw into shells. Whatever the case, people don’t talk about it openly and teachers don’t really make a conscious effort at addressing the issue. We don’t really know if our children or if the youth is learning to be educated or become racists in their classroom. Our program is focused on helping children of color and regardless of their race, their full potential. We want every student to be able to recognize and reach their full potential so that they think of themselves as responsible citizens of their country and not regard themselves as worthless human beings. Here you will find motivational books and flash card games, all of which have been designed focusing on eliminating racism completely from our classrooms. The books and the games have been consciously designed keeping in mind the American society and educational system. It is a small effort on our and Dr. Campbell’s part to help this society become a better place to live in. A little about diversity expert Dr. Campbell Dr. Derrick L. Campbell the driving force behind Classroom Racism Exterminator is a dynamic figure and a constant source of motivation for us. He has a Bachelors of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology, Math Education, a Masters in Education Administration and also holds a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. Dr. Campbell is a well known personality throughout the nation. He has lectured at various events including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference and a lot of local churches. He is a personality well dedicated towards eliminating the plague of racism from our classrooms and helping every child recognize his/her true potential not the color of their skin. He realizes how a child would feel if he/she was made to think they are worthless human beings. Diversity expert Dr. Campbell is compassionate and related to the experiences and therefore this initiative is a constant and continual effort to eliminate racism manifested in us, completely from the classroom and from our society.
This entry was posted in Community Relations, Discrimination, institutional Racism, Leadership, Positive Teacher Student Relationships, Race Relations, Race Relations in America, racial discrimination, Racial Profiling, Racism, Racism in America, Racism in Education, School Discipline, Structural Racism and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to Can Black Lives Matter improve race relations in America?

  1. LadyBug1995 says:

    #BlackLivesMatter is still so much less important than Feminism! As long as ALL women are oppressed by patriarchy why do we even worry about a very narrow oppression example – just a single race?

  2. Pingback: Why race relations have declined under Barak Obama? | Learning Flourishes in an Environment Free of Racism

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s