Black People Politics : Black Lives Matter 13 Guiding Principles

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  1. Inanna

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    1. Diversity-We are committed to acknowledging, respecting and celebrating difference(s) and commonalities

    2. Globalism-We see ourselves as part of the global Black family and we are aware of the different ways we are impacted or privileged as Black folk who exist in different parts of the world

    3. Black Women-We are committed to building a Black women affirming space free from sexism, misogyny, and male‐centeredness

    4. Black Villages-We are committed to disrupting the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement by supporting each other as extended families and “villages” that collectively care for one another, and especially “our” children to the degree that mothers, parents and children are comfortable

    5. Loving Engagement-We are committed to embodying and practicing justice, liberation, and peace in our engagements with one another

    6. Restorative Justice-We are committed to collectively, lovingly and courageously working vigorously for freedom and justice for Black people and, by extension all people. As we forge our path, we intentionally build and nurture a beloved community that is bonded together through a beautiful struggle that is restorative, not depleting

    7. Collective value-We are guided by the fact all Black lives, regardless of actual or perceived sexual identity, gender identity, gender expression, economic status, ability, disability, religious beliefs or disbeliefs, immigration status or location

    8. Empathy-We are committed to practicing empathy; we engage comrades with the intent to learn about and connect with their contexts

    9. Queer Affirming-We are committed to fostering a queer‐affirming network. When we gather, we do so with the intention of freeing ourselves from the tight grip of heteronormative thinking or, rather, the belief that all in the world are heterosexual unless s/he or they disclose otherwise

    10. Unapologetically black-We are unapologetically Black in our positioning. In affirming that Black Lives Matter, we need not qualify our position. To love and desire freedom and justice for ourselves is a necessary prerequisite for wanting the same for others

    11. Transgender affirming-We are committed to embracing and making space for trans brothers and sisters to participate and lead. We are committed to being self-reflexive and doing the work required to dismantle cis-gender privilege and uplift Black trans folk, especially Black trans women who continue to be disproportionately impacted by trans-antagonistic violence

    12. Black families-We are committed to making our spaces family-friendly and enable parents to fully participate with their children. We are committed to dismantling the patriarchal practice that requires mothers to work “double shifts” that require them to mother in private even as they participate in justice work

    13. Intergenerational-We are committed to fostering an intergenerational and communal network free from ageism. We believe that all people, regardless of age, shows up with capacity to lead and learn

    http://blacklivesmatter.com/guiding-principles/

    Do you agree with these guidelines? How do traditional Christians view these guidelines? Do they still support the movement?
     
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    Are these the latest? Reparations isn't listed.


    https://destee.com/threads/new-webs...y-to-people-of-color.87333/page-2#post-962311

     
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    black lives matter should be about one thing only : stop killing black people.
     
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    Agreed. I was very surprised their guidelines don't mention this, not even once.
     
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    Yes to me the guidelines seem overly pro-gay and pro-feminist. I couldn't believe black men/fathers weren't mentioned once but they go out of their way to show acceptance for queers and talk of black villages like that's better than a mother-father-child(ren) scenario.

    What I don't see is how/why they felt the need to do that? LGBT has its own community and LGBT make up such a small percentage of us, why go out of the way to include them in a movement they didn't ask to be included in and why leave out black men while doing so?

    Wasn't BLM started for Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown etc.? Something seems off to me.
     
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    I guess I would have to think about them, because right off hand, I have some questions about some of these objectives. For example, in #12, What does "double shift" working requirement mean in regards to "patriarchal practices"? I am unaware of this practice. Is it stating that the American law and government has made it a requirement that mothers have to work DOUBLE SHIFTS or just during a certain circumstance?--such as Justice Work?

    So, I suppose some of the young mothers that go out and join protest may need to take off in order to care for their children and the job requires that if they want time off, they can't have it, but have to work double shifts in order to be apart of 'Justice Work'? I'm scratching my head. I don't understand this one.

    And then, "-We are committed to disrupting the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement..."

    What is the Western prescribed nuclear family structure requirement? Right off hand, my minds goes back to the beginning of this American government in how they concentrated on breaking up the Black Family Structure... So, now I am thinking, that 'Is this LBGT Movement' the result of what White Supremacy has done...? Did White America achieve their goal?

    White America did not have anything to do with patriarchal family structure and they are the ones that broke it up. I guess I am confused about these objectives by this BLACK LIVES MATTER GROUP. Something seems wrong here, but I can't put my finger on it completely.

    It sounds like these young kids might not be attacking White Power Structure but they are attacking something else. In sounds like they are wanting the American system to accommodate and accept them on a financial and social basis, but that too would be what most Black Americans want too, initially, I guess. I don't know, I have to think about this some more.
     
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    According to the founders, the Black Lives Matter network, initially started with a hash tag, #BlackLivesMatter, set up those guidelines and principles in 2013; which served as an organizing tool for activists/groups to commit to, on the Internet. It has since morphed into an umbrella operation with around 60 different groups, forming a coalition. The term morph is used ideally and shows the different stages of what those three(3) beautiful sisters started and where is it today.


    We didn’t start a movement. We started a network.

    In 2013, I helped create a Black-centered political will and movement building project called #BlackLivesMatter. You may have heard of it. As many of you know, it was in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman. Another co-creator, Alicia Garza first uttered the words in a love note to Black people. I slapped a hashtag on it because I understood the power of spreading messages. Opal Tometi caught wind and helped us develop the broader social media platform, among other things. All of us are trained radical Black organizers, who have long been a part of the larger Black liberation movement ...


    ... In These Times organized a panel to examine the challenges faced by BLM. Alicia Garza is a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Network and helped conceive the slogan in 2013; Jamala Rogers is a founding member of the St. Louis-based Organization for Black Struggle and a long-time community organizer, as well as the author of Ferguson is America: Roots of Rebellion; R.L. Stephens is the founder of Orchestrated Pulse and an organizer in Minneapolis who was present at the Baltimore protests.

    Let’s set some context: What exactly is Black Lives Matter?

    ALICIA: I like this question because it’s often confused. The Black Lives Matter Network was founded in 2013 after Trayvon Martin’s killer was acquitted. Then there is the broader movement that is emerging to fight for Black lives and has taken on the moniker of BLM. So there’s both an organization that is being built intentionally—that has a set of principles, that has a vision, that has accountability to one another, and that also has guidelines for how we want to work together. The movement has many ideologies and approaches, but is unified by the desire to make Black lives matter ...
    http://inthesetimes.com/article/183...ategy-the-growing-pains-of-black-lives-matter

    Also, they have explained why the movement backs away from traditional Christianity and elder civil rights leaders. But speaking frankly about the BLM movement, it's now global, growing and finds support from pastors and civil rights activists alike, both old and new. It's a flagship operation that finally published a list of recent demands, as you alluded to; which is a first, and stops critics' complaint of the organization not having a written agenda.


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