Black Lives Matter activists respond to the accusations of ignoring contemporary problems of their community.
Recently an article by Buzzfeed titled What Happened To Black Lives Matter? questioned the prospects, leadership and the popularity of the movement. “Black Lives Matter is still here. Its groups are still organizing,” wrote Buzzfeed reporter Darren Sands. “But Black Lives Matter is on the verge of losing the traction and momentum that sparked a national shift on criminal justice policy.”
The article sparked expected controversy, as Black Lives Matter claimed it’s openness to reasonable criticism but highlighted the fact that at the moment the movement was more focused on its struggle against institutional racism.
“These are dangerous times for our people,” piece featured on Mic read. “History tells us that we need responsible, thoughtful and brave journalism. But movements can be stopped in their tracks by uninformed and inaccurate hit pieces that trade in gossip. We must consider what we believe in, who we stand with, and what we are fighting for.”
“Our work is not about ego or celebrity assigned by an often irresponsible press corps. We know that our movement is made up of countless people, whose dedication is tireless, and whose names most will never know. It is made up of the quiet leadership of those who agree to keep coming back to the work, to each other and to our people.”
“We are proud of what we’ve done together and what is yet to come. It has not been easy, it is often thankless, but it has always centered our people. It will take all of us to make it through this administration and into a future where all of us, and our coming generations, can live with dignity and respect. Let’s get to work.
Black Lives Matter is far from perfection and so are most of us, that is why it’s so extremely important for the members of the Black community to stay united and ignore provocations.