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coffeesp00ns  ·  1524 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Excommunicate Me From the Church of Social Justice

This point was a big one for me:

    At this year’s Allied Media Conference, BLM co-founder Alicia Garza gave an explosive speech to a theatre full of brilliant and passionate organizers. She urged us to set aside our distrust and critique of newer activists and accept that they will hurt and disappoint us. Don’t shut them out because their politics are outdated or they don’t wield the same language. If we are interested in building the mass movements needed to destroy mass oppression, our movements must include people not like us, people with whom we will never fully agree, and people with whom we have conflict.

Unfortunately, the MLKs of our generations will never exist withour their counterpart Malcolm Xs. We have to be vigilant to make sure our Malcolm Xs don't become our Robespierres.

mk  ·  1524 days ago  ·  link  ·  

IMO Malcolm got a bad rap. He didn't remain the ideologue that he began as, and I think that if he weren't killed so young, he would have been remembered quite differently.

Your point is still taken, but I think it's sad that Malcolm is so defined by how he was different from MLK. He eventually grew to be much more inclusive himself.

coffeesp00ns  ·  1523 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I agree he gets a bad rap. I guess i was looking for an easy metaphor.