Is Black Lives Matter Counterproductive, Or Are We Just Confusing the Issue?

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Qualifiers are Not Needed in this Debate

Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman describes this simplistic perspective the best:

Black Lives Matter Differs from Past Activism — Or Does It?

Another criticism of BLM is that it diverts from past successful racial equality movements. Critics like to trot this point out, erroneously assuming the Civil Rights Movement was overall non-violent. They assume the movement was widely accepted and largely peaceful. This is just not true. The Civil Rights Movement of the 50s and 60s was not the product of one leader. At a most simplistic level, the movement can be divided into Malcolm X (confrontational and militant,) and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (non-violent protest).

Black Lives Matter is Anti-Police

There is undoubtedly a large faction of BLM that is anti-police. No doubt there. But their anti-cop attitudes aren’t unfounded. The black community largely doesn’t trust the police like whites do. Both races have drastically different experiences with cops.

“Tough on Crime” Policies and Greater Police Presence

“Tough-on-crime” policies, also known as Broken-Window Policing, has proved destructive to law enforcement’s relationship with the black community. Broken-window policing is where police focus on low-level crimes to deter future serious crimes. So for example; removing graffiti and squatters helps deter future robberies, murders, and rape.

Has Black Lives Matter Failed?

Has Black Lives Matter failed in its mission? Has it failed to enact change? Has it failed to shift the discussion? Has it failed to increase awareness?

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