Over the course of four years, there has been an increase in media coverage of black people being killed by law enforcement officers. Following the aftermath of George Zimmerman shooting Trayvon back in 2013, it picked up more during the Ferguson, Missouri, incident, where Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown in 2014. The media’s increase in covering similar incidents in which black people were harmed or killed by law enforcement officers would be the catalyst for the creation of Black Lives Matter. Since then, BLM has become a full-force of protest, extending beyond the original parameters of black people being killed by law enforcement officers.
Because of Black Lives Matter, another movement rose in its wake, known as All Lives Matter. According to those who believe in it, All Lives Matter is a more proper title compared to the original. However, that is now what Marissa J. Johnson, the co-founder of BLM, says. Johnson claims that All Lives Matter is racist. Not only that, Johnson even says that “white folks gotta give up something.”
Marissa J. Johnson, the co-founder of Black Lives Matter in Seattle, became well-known in political circles when she stormed the stage and interrupted Bernie Sanders during one of his campaign rallies. Now, she is saying that All Lives Matter is a new racial slur, as reported by Breitbart. Johnson even states that current Democratic hopefuls in the 2016 presidential race, specifically Bernie Sanders, are leftist but not for black people. Yet, they use the black vote to their advantage.
“[Bernie Sanders is] left for the needs and concerns of mainstream white America. The Democrats have always been reliant on the black vote. Part of what we’re doing is waking black voters up to their power as a voting bloc, within the Democratic party.”
At a time, the Black Lives Matter movement held the rational advantage in comparison. Bill Maher once said on Real Time with Bill Maher that All Lives Matter implies all lives are equally at risk compared to BLM, which implies black lives are at risk. Yet, in many scientific scenarios, black people are often treated differently from white people, usually because law enforcement officers fall back on times on racial assumptions. All Lives Matter is moot because all lives are not equally at risk.
Now, it seems that Black Lives Matter is blaming white people in general for many of the woes of black people. Marissa J. Johnson alludes to this when she provides her controversial idea for progress in BLM to be made, as reported by Allen B. West.
“What it’s gonna take to dismantle white supremacy is white folks actually gotta give up something. You have to actually sacrifice yourself. You have to be willing to give up the things that you currently benefit from.”
Marissa J. Johnson does not exactly mention what white people need to sacrifice per se. She might be alluding to white people’s “White Privilege,” which is what Peggy McIntosh calls “an invisible package of unearned assets.” To this day, the whole “White Privilege” definition is controversial, because it is based on critical race theory on something white people have, but many are said to be ignorant of having in the first place.
As the 2016 presidential race continues, Marissa J. Johnson may step forward, speaking more on behalf of Black Lives Matter. Right now, she is trying to teach black people the power of their vote and how it effects elections. She often cites that the black vote was what gave President Barack Obama the significant push needed during his presidential runs back in 2008 and 2012.
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