Newsweek Tells the Story of “THE RISE AND FALL OF BLACK LIVES MATTER.” Daniel Whyte III, President of Gospel Light Society International, says Black Lives Matter Has FALLEN For One Main Reason:

A person holds up a placard that reads, ‘Black lives matter’ during a protest in the city of Detroit, Michigan, on May 29, 2020. SETH HERALD/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES

Newsweek Tells the Story of “THE RISE AND FALL OF BLACK LIVES MATTER.” Daniel Whyte III, President of Gospel Light Society International, says Black Lives Matter Has FALLEN For One Main Reason: It Strangely Took a Good Name and a Good Cause and Tied it to and Turned it Into a TROJAN HORSE to Bring in 7 Abominations That Have Been Destructive to Black America, America, and the World: (1) The Abomination of Sodomy/Homosexuality; (2) The Abomination of So-call Transgenderism; (3) The Attempted Destruction of Manhood, Fatherhood, or the Patriarchy; (4) Over-the-top Disrespectful Ultra-Feminism; (5) The Destruction of the Traditional Nuclear Family; (6) The Destruction of the Authority of the Police; (7) The Demonic Spirit of WOKEISM.

Whyte Says Further, Evil Black and White Anti-Christian People Used BLACK LIVES MATTER and Its Perceived Connection to the Civil Rights Movement of the 60’s, the Good Name of the Black Church, and the Good Name of Black People of Goodwill to Bring About Their Destructive Abominations to This Country and Thus the World. Sad to Say, the Evangelical, Mainline Protestant, National Baptists, Southern Baptists, or the Charismatic Church Were Not Prepared For This Satanic Onslaught, and Most of Them Got Caught Up in Their Demonic, Destructive Dissimulation; and Many in the Church Have Not Recovered Yet. In Fact, Many Have FALLEN AWAY during This Tragic Period in American History.

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Exactly 10 years ago, Black Lives Matter was born from “a love letter” to Black people that Alicia Garza penned on Facebook.

Responding to the the acquittal of George Zimmerman, who fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin a year earlier, on July 13, 2013, Garza wrote: “We don’t deserve to be killed with impunity. We need to love ourselves and fight for a world where black lives matter. Black people, I love you. I love us. We matter. Our lives matter.”

Patrisse Cullors responded to Garza’s post with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.

That hashtag began to circulate on social media, and the pair teamed up with activist Ayo Tometi to built a network fighting for racial justice.

Although the phrase was coined in 2013, it was not until after the August 2014 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by police in Ferguson, Missouri, that it became a potent rallying cry against the police killings of unarmed Black people.

A review of Google Trends data by Newsweek shows online search for “Black Lives Matter” saw a large spike in the summer of 2016 and reached an all-time high in the summer of 2020.

But as the movement marks a decade of activism three years on, the data shows search for “Black Lives Matter” is almost as low as when the movement was birthed in 2013.

Nasar Meer, a professor at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and the author of The Cruel Optimism of Racial Justice, told Newsweek that while “we should be cautious about assuming that interest and activity on search engines is a proxy for interest and activity in society, there clearly has been a drop-off in mass public interest and [from] key institutions.”

Mass public attention is “often-times fleeting between ‘events’ that propel racial injustice back into the news,” he said.

Protesters took to the streets after police killed two Black men on consecutive days in 2016.

Alton Sterling was pinned down and shot in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on July 5. The following day, police in Minnesota shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop. The shooting got widespread attention as his girlfriend, who was in the car with her young daughter, livestreamed the shootings aftermath on Facebook. And then, a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas on July 7 turned deadly when a gunman shot dead five police officers.

In the summer of 2020, Black Lives Matter saw a massive surge in support and donations after the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police triggered a reckoning on race and policing and protests across the U.S. and beyond.

The data “matches what we have been experiencing when there was a brief moment where racism and BLM was being discussed, with governments, corporations and institutions making empty promises,” Kehinde Andrews, a professor of Black Studies at Birmingham City University in the U.K., told Newsweek. “But nothing changed and we are back to where we were before.”

Andrews says in many ways, things are now worse because of the backlash to Black Lives Matter. “People think we have talked too much about race at the expense of other issues,” he said.

The movement’s three founders are no longer involved in the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, which has been steward over a charitable endowment worth tens of millions of dollars.

Cullors stepped down after almost six years at the helm in 2021, after controversy over the foundation’s finances and her personal wealth. Cullors said her resignation had nothing to do with the personal attacks on her, which she described as a smear campaign by a right-wing group.

And support for the movement overall has declined, according to recent surveys.

A poll by the Pew Research Center found support has dropped considerably from its peak of 67 percent in 2020. The survey, conducted in April, found just over half of U.S. adults (51 percent) say they support the movement, a drop from 56 percent a year ago.

Meer also noted that there is “a very real and concerted rhetorical and policy opposition” to Black Lives Matter in the U.S. and abroad, pointing to Republican efforts to restrict how race can be taught in public schools and target diversity and equity efforts in higher education and workplaces.

“Over the time BLM has decreased in public interest, caricatures of ‘woke’ have increased in public interest, and in ways that seek to undermine the focus on systemic racism that BLM brought,” he said.

Black Lives Matter activists and organizations are planning to mark the movement’s 10-year anniversary with in-person and virtual events, and have renewed calls to defund police departments and reinvest in Black communities.

The foundation this week launched a campaign it’s calling Defund the Police Week of Action.

Source: Newsweek, Khaleda Rahman

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