Social Movement Vs Natural Disaster

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The death of George Floyd has ignited a wide spread of anti-racist protests not only in the U.S. but also around the world.   It gives a much needed lift to the Black Lives Matter movement that was founded seven years ago.

“Much needed” because the BLM was facing the similar fate of the other failed attempts such as the Occupying Wall Street where no real change resulted.  At least now, the issues of racism and police brutality are getting some attention and traction.

But the question remains: will the movement garner enough support to transform its political energy into real and substantial public policy changes? The short answer is that only time will tell.  It is competing with the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of mass interest.

The difference is the momentum of the outbreak follows a natural pattern whereas the BLM is social. The latter requires community organizing and politicking to sustain public support. It’s people versus nature.

What do you think will happen with the BLM social movement?

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2 Responses to Social Movement Vs Natural Disaster

  1. OmniRunner says:

    Well, since the police keep killing black people under questionable circumstances the movement will continue to be re-energized.
    How can the issue fade away when we see a new instance of abuse and discrimination almost every day?
    This change needs to happen.


  2. terryshen says:

    Yes Andy, the social media has served as a catalyst in revealing the police brutality and raised the public awareness on this issue. Just not sure how many more people have to be killed or injured before real justice reform happens. Novemeber elelction is too far down the road, and the issue will be whitewashed.


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