Herbert Dyer, Jr: This movement must not rest and must not retreat. It must not take even the slightest respite. It may acknowledge the two cops’ deaths – but within the context and during the continuing protests.
Steve Singer: If people are worried about the negative image of police instilled by these protests, perhaps the cause isn’t the protests. Perhaps the cause is the negative actions of some police.
David Love: The truth is that the anti-brutality protests are not about death, but about life and the right to live that life without feeling it is threatened by those who vowed to serve and protect us.
Sikivu Hutchinson: Neoliberalism and capitalism thrive on and exploit disparities in race, gender, sexual orientation and geography; a fact that has always worked to white America’s advantage.
Tina Dupuy: Now we have a legally immune, self-policing, occupying army with a widely acknowledged racial bias loose in our cities. And your personal experience with them is largely based on your income level, age and race.
Sikivu Hutchinson: For humanist feminists of color, it’s not just sufficient to recognize that “Black Lives Matter” but that they also matter intersectionally—as female, queer, trans, poor and disproportionately segregated.
Herbert Dyer Jr.: White supremacy polices how black people are allowed to identify, speak and write about – and especially move against – past and continuing white oppression.
Eric Avila: Blocking traffic is an inconvenience to commuters. It’s also a reminder of how highway construction has segregated our cities.
Soya Jung: A new generation of young Black leaders have ignited a movement. They have awakened the nation and the world to the longstanding, daily brutality of state violence against Black lives.
Inman Moore: The demonstrators are actually rendering a valuable service to remind us that we still have miles to travel in reaching our goal of civil rights for all people irregardless of race, creed, or color.
David Love: America, something has happened here, and you should take note: The movement against police abuse has made it to the Capitol steps.
Jasmyne Cannick: While it’s nice to see so many white people genuinely concerned with the plight of Black people, their white privilege could better serve the same Black people that they care about behind closed doors when they’re at work.
Randy Shaw: Keeping in mind that protests are a means to achieve a goal and not an end in themselves, the campaign for police reform now faces a choice between two visions for its future: it can follow the path of the Occupy movement of 2011 or the route immigrant rights activists chose after the mammoth spring 2006 protests.