Kim: So I just saw on Facebook that "Black Lives Matter" was an answer on Jeopardy. A lot of people took that as some momentous symbol of progress.
Matt: Yeah, that sort of reminds me of one of the tactics used against organizers years ago. The powers that be would put one person on a pedestal - give then an inflated sense of self - and in turn, others involved were made to feel inferior.
Kim: Right - and hear me out: there are too many people in the 'hood that have never even heard of "Black Lives Matter." Is their movement for the privileged - or the people most in need of their help? If it's the latter, or even both, then I'd expect more outreach in the underserved communities. I was shocked when I asked this 20 year old Black man from Oakland how he felt about the "Black Lives Matter" movement three months ago. His response, which I have recorded, was, "What is that?" How is that even possible? This was someone who had a smartphone, Youtube account, Instagram, etc. All in all, it made me realize how elitist organizers can become. These organizers make decent salaries. That affords them privilege. When you have privilege, it literally blinds you to the reality of those beneath you. So while they're congratulating themselves on gaining national traction, let's illuminate the fact that their work, albeit commendable, is often times not directed towards those most in need - which in my opinion, should be the only focus.