Independent Thought & Freedom
Episode 131

Black Lives Matter from Different Perspectives w/ Barbara Reynolds and Carolyn Cooper

Kirk Meighoo published on

A Story Club: Global Politics S1 E2
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The Black Lives Matter movement started out in the US, but has spread around the world, sometimes in the most unexpected places.

This spread has included both peaceful and the more controversial destructive aspects of the movement, such as the tearing down of statues and renaming of historic place names to revise our current consciousness of history.

What does this mean in a place like the Caribbean, where the history of the coloniser and the colonized is so intertwined, and where African peoples have been politically in charge of independent states for decades now?

How does this movement both share and differ from the historic civil rights struggle in the United States, led by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?

The “Black Lives Matter” movement has made many thoughtful and concerned persons conflicted.

The overwhelming majority of people around the world support the fundamental goals of dignity and equal human rights for African-Americans, African peoples, and other oppressed and/or marginalized peoples in the US and around the world.

However, calls for tearing down historic public statues, violent destruction of public and private property, looting and anarchy, defunding the police, renaming geographic locations to remove certain names from public memory, setting up of “autonomous zones” complete with ruling “warlords”, mass rituals of kneeling, anti-white racism and other aspects do not enjoy the same support.

Join me in a fascinating and insightful discussion with Dr. Barbara Reynolds, long-time US civil rights activist who began in the struggle alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, and Dr. Carolyn Cooper, Professor Emerita at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, who has long championed the diginity of lower-class, Afro-Jamaican folk culture.

 

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