Tuesday, August 9, 2016

John McWhorter ― Black Lives Matter is ‘woke’ to old problems — but still sleeping on solutions

John McWhorter is an associate professor at Columbia University and the author of several books, including “Losing the Race: Self-Sabotage in Black America” and “The Language Hoax: Why the World Looks the Same in Any Language.”

(The Washington Post)

There was a time when Black Lives Matter was committed, principally, to protecting black people from being killed by police. They have expanded their purview lately.

Last week, a consortium of over 60 independent Black Lives Matter organizations released a platform addressing issues facing African Americans. They’ve come a long way, indeed, from a cluster of activists demonstrating and tweeting from Ferguson, Mo. Their platform has six main planks, each with several sub-planks, constituting a list of demands that would make the heart of any progressive civil rights leader swoon.

It’s all there: criminal justice reform, education reform, jobs programs, upending politics-as-usual, more and better mental health services. And on top of all that, reparations.

Read the full article HERE.