Jelani Cobb, a university guru, speaks on the nitty-gritty of the Black Lives Matter, spanning from its origin to the achievement and the unpredictable future it might face after Obama.
The inception of Black Lives Matter has done a great deal of job in unifying African Americans to a general aim in contending common predominant problems like: racism, police brutality and inequality among others.
It was a hashtag and slogan used by protesters following police brutality, but it emanated from the Oakland-based activist, Alicia Garza who used the three words in a Facebook post after Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, aged 17.
In a recent interview by NPR’s Kelly McEvers, Jelani Cobb, who recently wrote an epic article in the New Yorker about Black Lives Matter, speaks on how the movement started and where it stands today.
Jelani says that “In some ways, it’s an entity that has two births. It’s conceived after one tragedy and really comes to fruition after another.”
He also stressed that the movement is largely inspired by the entire constellation of history from icons like W.E.B Du Bois, Malcolm X and Dr. King and Ella Baker who is barely known despite being “the most central of the civil right movement.”
Speaking during the interview, he said that the effect of having diffused organization is basically because; there is a low barrier to entry. This has brought people from all works of life with little or no knowledge of participating in earlier political protests.
He also highlighted that one of the major reasons why Black Lives Matter has flourished is “the existence of black presidency and these sorts of egregious racial problems continuing in the context of a black presidency, which contributed to the climate of frustration.”
However, he maintains that the future of the body cannot be predicted following the forthcoming election as Obama is due to go.
Although that does not imply that the body will cease to exist, he stressed that it will, on the contrary, continue to use “the Internet and social media and the ways that those things have really revolutionized and changed the way social activism happens.”
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