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In an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon, Actor Terry Crews rather controversially questioned the agenda of the Black Lives Matter organization.
“It is about police brutality. That should never be accepted. I am not saying that that’s not it. But they are — there’s more there. And when I look, if they have more on their agenda, we need to ask them about what else is on that agenda, other than police brutality. And that’s all I’m doing. Questioning. Warning. Watching. “
According to Lemon, “Black lives matter is about police brutality and about criminal justice. It’s not about what happens in communities, when it comes to crime, black-on-black crime. People who live near each other, black people, kill each other. Same as whites. 80-some percent of white people are killed by white people because of proximity. Same thing with black people.”
On there website, the Black Lives Matter movement lists the following as their campaign priorities:
- Racial Injustice
- Police Brutality
- Criminal Justice Reform
- Black Immigration
- Economic Injustice
- LGBTQIA+ and Human Rights
- Environmental Conditions
- Voting Rights & Suppression
- Government Corruption
- Commonsense Gun Laws
The BLM organization says that, “#BlackLivesMatter was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.”
Despite being police-injustice focused, their “What Matters” page also lists several other, not necessarily-related goals, including gun control, and their Wikipedia page lists BLM and it’s affiliates as having policy demands related to, “decarceration in the United States, reparations for slavery in the United States, an end to mass surveillance, investment in public education, not incarceration, and community control of the police: empowering residents in communities of color to hire and fire police officers and issue subpoenas, decide disciplinary consequences and exercise control over city funding of police.”
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