Over the last two years ‘black lives matter’ has developed into more than just a hash-tag and rallying call for police accountability.
It has become a burgeoning movement advocating and organizing for black freedom and liberation across the multiple spectrum representing the chronic crisis of being Black/New Afrikan in the United States.
Led by Black people of various ideological perspectives, BLM has shaken up the status quo civil-rights leadership with its focus on direct –action and civil disobedience.
Presidential hopefuls from both the republican and democratic parties have taken notice, especially since candidates have been confronted by members of BLM during campaign appearances.
However, BLM now finds itself being courted by the Democratic Party, no doubt, in an effort to co-opt the BLM message, energy and leadership.
In response, BLM has insisted that it will not endorse or support ANY political party and real change will only occur in the streets.
While we certainly understand and support BLM’s sentiments, we must state emphatically that conceding the area of electoral political struggle is a huge mistake.
While attending the BLM conference in Cleveland, during a post-workshop conversation, I advised a small group that BLM should either form its own independent party or join the New Afrikan Independence Party (NAIP).
But to do nothing regarding electoral political struggle except stage protest is strategically not smart.
All Power To The People!
National Chairman (NAIP)