Should BLM focus on problems within the black community?
They are concerned about safe spaces, old and deceased presidents who were supposedly racist, and trying to get white girls fired from their jobs for posting stupid stuff on Facebook. Shouldn't they be more focused on gang violence and black on black crime, plus other issues within the black community? Not trying to offend anyone here, just want to start a discussion.
With all due respect: it's not up to anyone who is not involved with Black Lives Matter to decide what their agenda and priorities should be. Since I'm about the whitest girl you'll ever meet, I would never presume to offer an opinion about what should and shouldn't be important to this group, because, much as I want to empathize, I can't possibly know what it's like to walk in their shoes.
Let's let Black Lives Matter decide what matters to their members.
Well, after reading several articles about this topic, one can argue that they have bigger problems to focus on...is the stuff I listed above not just a little petty to you?
Again: it's not up to me to decide the agenda and priorities of Black Lives Matter, and what may or may not be important to their members, since I can't possibly know what it's like to be one of them.
I don't think BLM is going to be taken seriously by everyone in until they reevaluate their tactics and approaches. Take their response to the Paris attacks, for example.
Just as Lisa says, we can't possibly decide for anyone else (even in general) what should be a priority to them or not. Besides, majority of the time, the cause of most "black community problems" seem to stem from systemized oppression and marginalization by the institution - which was put in place by racist old white guys and continues to stand strong today. This is the system which keeps these people down, denies them access to quality education and job opportunities, promotes harmful stereotypes, and encourages the lawful murder of unarmed citizens.
I can understand how challenging this system could be the first step in creating better communities and social structures.
Not true. Plenty of black people are getting ahead in today's society. Plenty have high paying jobs and successful careers, and transcend stereotypes.
"Plenty" isn't enough until the numbers are statistically equal. And statistically, black people in the US are more likely to die of gun violence or go to prison than graduate from college.
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