Recently, I composed a brief survey, asking my website readers to tell me what they like and dislike about my articles, and what they’d want to talk about if they had some time to chat with me personally. I gained valuable insights from the survey, one of which is that many of my readers want [ Read More ]
Tag "Black Lives Matter"
The emergence of BLM provides a reminder for God’s people to reflect upon our nation’s historic race-related sins and injustices. After all, black lives do matter. And to our shame black individuals and communities often have been treated unjustly, unequally, and without the dignity and respect they deserve. However, as with the emergence of any [ Read More ]
Even though BLM emerged initially as a social media response to events such as George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, it soon morphed into a movement and now exists as an organized movement with a comprehensive philosophy of society and a specific political platform. In spite of generous media coverage, many [ Read More ]
Only those Americans whose heads were buried deeply in the sand could have missed the emergence and significance of the BLM movement. Yet, in spite of BLM’s prominence as a movement, its leaders remain unknown to many Americans. Significantly, BLM leaders differ from twentieth-century leaders in the Civil Rights Movement (CRM). BLM did not originate [ Read More ]
Although Black Lives Matter started as a loose coalition of activists and continues as a movement with decentralized leadership, its leaders recently codified the BLM message in an attempt to organize its chapters around a common set of “guiding principles.” These principles were listed on the Movement for Black Lives website and serve as a [ Read More ]
Black Lives Matter started as a social media phenomenon that arose in the wake of the 2013 acquittal ruling of George Zimmerman, who had been charged with the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida. In response to Zimmerman’s acquittal, three black community activists in California developed and disseminated the hashtag #blacklivesmatter on Twitter. The [ Read More ]
During President Obama’s last year in office, he met with a group of black leaders to discuss civil rights issues. The meeting was significant, not only because it would be the last Black History Month of Obama’s presidency, but because it was bringing together several generations of civil rights activists. In addition to activists who [ Read More ]