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‘This is a Movement, Not a Moment’


‘This is a Movement, Not a Moment’

Sonali Kolhatkar

On July 24, The Movement for Black Lives National Convening will bring bringing together activists from all over the United States, organizing under the banner of Black Lives Matter. The organization will meet in Cleveland.


This is the moment for a peoples movement to rise. The young people of Occupy paved the way with a massive display of resistance and changed the political space to the point of changing our lexicon–the 1%. First Nations throughout the Americas have been organizing and winning policy fights as well as elections for years. In the US and Canada, they continue organizing and protesting government/corporate overreach and duplicity concerning sovereignty, energy, and land use, drawing multi-colored supporters from different walks of life to their cause. Migrant farm workers are organizing and fighting for their human rights joined by others seeking social and economic justice. Black Lives Matters is gaining steam and has the potential to pull all the others into their orbit. Imagine a movement led by oppressed people and people of color of which white folks are a part. It could go a long way in helping this nation address our horrible history of near-genocide and slavery while also helping us to create institutions that are truly democratic and representative of the people of this nation. I stand at the ready to join a multi-racial, multi generational peoples movement for systemic change and real transformative democracy, and there are thousands more like me. The moment is here, a movement is forming. Who’s getting on board?


Follow the money…


Sure enough, this country’s social and moral structure needs to be changed. The situation would be worse with declining economy, more street violence and more police brutality. Having no jobs or prospects on site the youths from all sects are already greatly frustrated, the worst is among the hispanics and black communities. The leaders are engaged in searching for terrorism and indefinite wars against fantom enemies. It’s obviously a political trick but in the very near future it is destined to fail. The silent majority won’t understand that it would go against them one day.


Good point, PETERNAMASTE. As long as the American Electorate at large continues to vote people into office who really and truly represent our present (and broken) system, there’ll never be any social change…not really, anyhow.


Agreed, but we also need to take back the party. The green party needs to be about the grass roots and not personalities.

Jill Stein for 3 years after the election could not bother either to keep her G+ profile going or to delete it if she could not bother to run it. Kind of makes one wonder about her ability to delegate and make the party about it’s whole membership.


You DO know that this commentary, from the (far-to-the-anti-racist-left-of-the-Democrats) Black Agenda Report was not at all defending Sanders or O’Malley, but was rather criticizing the whole Democrat political machinery, don’t you?


So the competence of a candidate is indicated by their ability to keep some kind of corporate internet bullshit up to date???

I work for a large and complex government agency. Guess how much we use Facebook or Google plus?


You do know how to read?


Tragically, what could have been a positive movement that benefited the whole of the country became just another elitist (bigoted) rally, driven by ignorance and contempt. All Fourth of July speeches aside, America is about money – our economic system. Through years of massive upward wealth redistribution/appalling socioeconomic policies, poverty has grown. In fact, when Reagan was first elected, launching the long campaign against our poor, the overall quality of life in the US was rated at #1. By the time Obama was elected, the US had already fallen to #43.

The great majority of very poor are white. For real. Can you guess what they think when they hear people, such as yourself, railing about their lives of comfort? In the real world, not everyone can work (health, circumstances) and there simply aren’t jobs for all. The US shipped out a huge number of jobs since the 1980s, then ended actual welfare in the 1990s, creating a poverty crisis. Again, the great majority of our very poor are white. Even liberals (who should know better) no longer regard our very poor as humans at all, deserving of the most basic human rights (per the UDHR) of food and shelter.

We’ve been in similar messes in the past. Each time, people ultimately united to push back – all races, poor and middle class, workers and the jobless. Not this time. Much work has gone into especially pitting black and white people against each other. Today, it appears common for black people to be unaware of rich and middle class black people, just as they are unaware of impoverished white people. We’ve been divided, subdivided, and pitted against each other.

On violence, did you know that it has virtually been “open season” on our homeless poor for years, as they’ve been beaten, brutalized, even killed, by police and citizens alike? Most of our homeless poor are white. When attacked, there is no liberal protest, no media coverage, no concern whatsoever.

On Black Lives Matter, this is understood to mean that the lives of other races don’t. It’s a trend, not a movement, and it won’t change anything.


Blacks and whites, especially the poor, have been pitted against each other for many decades, which is unfortunate. You’re correct in pointing out the fact that it has been open season on this country’s homeless poor for many years. Many of them have been beaten, brutalized and even killed by police and citizens alike, and not all of them are non-white, either. This is something that all too often, fails to be exposed by the media.

After many years of intransigence on the part of the Boston School Committee, which was really rife with politics, patronage, and opportunism, and their constant, egregious resistance to desegregating Boston’s Public School system, Boston’s black community ultimately filed a Federal District Court lawsuit against the Boston School Committee. Federal District Court Judge W. Arthur Garrity ultimately ruled in favor of Boston’s black community, and ordered into affect a large-scale, cross-city, Federal Court-mandated school busing program that ultimately helped further pit many of Boston’s poor and working-class blacks and whites against each other, sending age-old pre-existing racial tensions and hostilities in the city of Boston soaring way, way up above the boiling point, and they reached extremely dangerous levels. Another thing that contributed to all this chaos, however, was the fact that, after having spent over 2 years arriving at his decision, Federal District Judge W. Arthur Garrity (although his verdict was correct), in late June of 1974, ordered the Boston Public Schools desegregated right that following fall, giving only 11 weeks for the city to prepare for it. As a result, Boston was left permanently scarred, and, 40 years later, although a small amount of progress has been made, all is still not well with Boston’s public school system, and race relations in the city of Boston are still not very good.

Had the Boston School Committee complied with the Racial Imbalance Act and desegregated Boston’s public schools on their own, like they were supposed to, instead of engaging in all that political posturing, the Federal Court order could’ve been avoided in Boston. Moreover, had B-BURG (Boston Banks Urban Renewal Group) moved to create racially/ethnically/socioeconomically integrated housing throughout the city of Boston, rather than singling out Boston’s Jewish neighborhoods, both neighborhoods and schools would’ve been much more integrated, there would’ve been a better chance of neutralizing the late Boston School Committee/City councilwoman, Louise Day Hicks (who, btw, paved the way for all that chaos, but the courts and the State Department of Education weren’t entirely blameless, either.), thus derailing her crusade much earlier, and the Boston School system would be in much better shape today, and race relations would be far better, as well…