Black Lives Matter is reshaping the narrative on racism in America by “rebuilding the Black liberation movement." Their activism centers on ending state-sanctioned violence that has taken many Black lives, and their work directly and indirectly addresses barriers to political power. In their words, Black Lives Matter is “broadening the conversation around state violence to include all of the ways in which Black people are intentionally left powerless at the hands of the state.”
Inspiring Many - And Inspiring Backlash
Black Lives Matter has faced scrutiny from the onset.
From “All Lives Matter”, to questioning of their strategy and tactics to taking someone else’s experience or history and making it your own; appropriating; in this case, it means remembering selective components of Martin Luther King, Jr’s beliefs and actions, and using his words - especially about nonviolence - to police what Black folks say and do the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in attempts to discredit their work, the backlash has been pronounced.
The negative reactions expose prejudices that many in the United States would rather deny or ignore.
Their impact can be measured by the spotlight they have successfully placed on the issues they are addressing, including their ability to impact the dialogue taking place in the 2016 Presidential campaigns.