Barbara Ransby: Black Lives Matter is Democracy in Action

In this op-ed in the New York Times, Professor Barbara Ransby considers the local contours of the Movement for Black Lives and its radically inclusive and democratic decision making model.

Ransby writes:

The Movement for Black Lives, a coalition that includes the Black Lives Matter Global Network and other groups, coalesced in response to high-profile police shootings of black people from 2014 to 2016. It is reinvigorating the 21st-century racial-justice movement, and by extension the anti-racist left, by offering a better model for social movements.

The idea behind that model is that when people on the ground make decisions, articulate problems and come up with answers, the results are more likely to meet real needs. And that’s more sustainable in the long run: People are better prepared to carry out solutions they themselves created, instead of ones handed down by national leaders unfamiliar with realities in local communities. Such local work allows people to take ownership of the political struggles that affect their lives.

You can read the full text of the article here on the New York Times website.

 

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