In the months following the murder of George Floyd by a police officer, the racial justice movement in this country has taken up most of the country’s headroom. But for those who see this movement as a continuation or spur of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, it can get confusing.
The new version of that racial justice movement doesn’t look or feel the same. And that is on purpose. There are no or two real leaders of the movement, they are less willing to work within the system, they are looking at more than just policy change and they are looking past politicians while pushing for change.
Organizers see this as fighting against a system ingrained in every aspect of this country: previous policy changes or meetings with elected officials. “The forces that hold people back are closely linked,” said Rashad Robinson, the president of Color of Change. That a racist criminal justice system requires a racist media culture to keep it alive. Economic inequality goes hand in hand with political inequality. These things all work together. ‘