Some have said that the Black Lives Matter Movement, and the recent outspoken protest against injustice has been called the rebirth of the Civil Rights Movement or the 21th Century Civil Rights Movement. There are many new activists, who are using social media to spread their message. There is a new age of brave protesters stomping the pavement trying to make a radical change in America. However, some may say the recent movement is nothing like the CRM. They say BLM is too radical and “inherently racist.” Some even dubbing it a “moment.” They say the BLM movement lacks the leadership like MLK and Malcolm X. To me, it’s just different actors on the same stage. A different army fighting on the same battleground. – JA
Emory Douglas’s 1976 poster from the Black Panther, remixed for Black Lives Matter
People often cite BLM or other movements as a “disruption”. Does America need a disruption, or disruptions? If so, what events or processes need to be disrupted? Calling into question civil rights in our past and present American society, it is important to explore the idea of protest as not just an interruption, but a disruption. Use the website below to research ‘disruptive’ leaders.
In light of the meaning of the verb disrupt, or the noun disruption, look at one of the other “disruptors” in the CNN feature. Do you define them as disruptors? If not, what would you use to name them?
-interrupt (an event, activity, or process) by causing a disturbance or problem
-drastically alter or destroy the structure of (something).
-disturbance or problems that interrupt an event, activity, or process.
TIME Magazine (Photo by Devin Allen) Baltimore Uprising, 2015
Q. What has and hasn’t changed?
1965 Protest in Memphis
2016 Memphis Protest
Civil Rights protest. Memphis, Tennessee – March 29, 1968
JANUARY 11, 2016, BY ALEX COLEMAN
Contrasting images of Memphis Bridge Protests 1960s/2016
Jackson Sun July 10, 2016
Chanel Trice holds a sign while standing on the cement between the Eastbound and Westbound lanes of Interstate 40 bridge over the Mississippi River (Photo Brad Vest/The Commercial Appeal)
Q. Is BLM a civil rights movement? How does it compare / contrast with 1960s CVM?
What does Coates say about “black lives” and BLM movement — and pushing back on the system?
Q. How is protest a magnifying glass? (Perhaps contrast with the Dyson article about White Priv as binoculars) — just how “close” do people get to problems/issues of others?
Michael E. Dyson_Death in Black and White
67 Civil Rights Movement Heavyweights Back Black Lives Matter
The Next Civil Rights Movement
A man makes a heart shape with his hands during a peaceful protest near the CVS pharmacy that was set on fire on Monday in Baltimore.Andrew Burton/Getty Images
Bettmann/CORBIS ORIGINAL CUTLINE November 15, 1960 William Franz Elementary School, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Students at William Franz Elem School yell at police officers during a protest against desegregation of at the school.
Q. What are the various roles that white Americans have played and do play within protests? What does that role look like today in terms of BLM protests? (See more under “Whiteness” discussion)