Black Lives Matter is a mantra for the awakened. Jordan Davis a 17-year-old citizen residing in Jacksonville Florida, killed by Jacksonville police on November 23, 2012, Black Lives Matter. Eric Gardner, a 43-year-old citizen of Staten Island, New York was killed by police on July 17, 2014, Black Lives Matter. John Crawford, a 22-year-old citizen of Beavercreek, Ohio, was killed by police August 5, 2015, Black Lives Matter. Michael Brown of Ferguson Missouri was fatally shot by Ferguson police on August 9th, 2014, Black Lives Matter. Tamir Rice, 12 years old fatally shot by the Cleveland Police Department while playing with a toy gun on November 23rd, 2014, Black Lives Matter. Black Lives Matter is a mantra for the awakened, was started in 2012 after the not guilty verdict disseminating from the George Zimmerman shooting of Trayvon Martin, but little evidence of effectiveness is hard to come by.
Black lives matter is similar in part to other national movements that have occurred in the United States, namely the Civil Rights Movement and the Gay Rights movement. One thing absent of the Black Lives Matter movement is the absence of tangible change. The Civil Rights movement led to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Gay Rights movement has led to the supreme objective, handed down the Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges, allowing henceforth the legalization of same-sex marriage in all fifty states, the repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”, allowing openly gay military members to serve just as other members privy to. No such accomplishment can be claimed by the Black Lives Matter movement, but why?
Self-reported on the Black Lives Matter website, it is stated they do not endorse, are not affiliated with nor are they influenced by any brand of politics or political candidate for the 2016 presidential elections. Politics is a system in which, who gets what, when, where and how is determined. With the absence of a political agenda and affiliation, no long lasting change can be expected from the Black Lives Matter movement. Despite this error, some of the demands of Black Lives Matter is inherently political, such as the development of policy to address the pattern of “anti-black” policing, a demilitarized police force, and a decrease in police spending. All of the demands though admirable are controlled through local, state and federal politics which has the authority to grant these demands through policy and law making.
In 2013, reported by the Washington Post, over 1 thousand peopled were killed by police, the highest in over twenty years. With the overwhelming evidence of the pressing need to do more than the status quo, the Black Lives Matter movement should take a page from their own handbook and do what they press legislatures and police departments to do, recreate and innovate for the betterment of people of color, which is all possible through politics.