02 Entering the Conversation Research Activity

Today, I will be discussing the two articles included below. If you would like to read them yourself, I have provided the links.

The Superhero Photographs of the Black Lives Matter Movement

Activist’s relate to King’s shift from dreamer to radical

To start, the piece called “The Superhero Photographs of the Black Lives Matter Movement” is a lengthy piece rambling on about how this woman in the picture is such an icon, a true heroine for the injustice in America. The author spews garbage for what seems like an eternity; no constructive points are made, no factual information is mentioned. It is just kissing up to this simple photo of a woman on a street. Some might say it is powerful, but if you ask me- it’s lame. The author, Teju Cole, also goes on a tangent about the Marvel Cinematic universe at one point. I have never encountered such a boring, biased, bland article in my life.

The picture Teju Cole wrote about

“Activist’s relate to King’s shift from dreamer to radical” is easily the better read. It is short, clear, and captivating. It seemed like a short article (coming from a slow reader), and at least the subject matter didn’t make me want to chokeslam myself onto pavement like the other article did. This article talks about how young Black Lives Matter activists are now turning to a different side of the great MLK- a more “radical” side that is rarely talked about. Apparently these young protesters want to emulate this darker side of Martin Luther King, Jr. , as they feel it will get their point across better.

If you ask me the first article is written by a total jabroni.

“As Carruthers sees it, ‘agitation’ was the core of King’s work. ‘Their agitation shows up differently than how our agitation shows up today. However, I think King’s work and the work we do are part of the larger tradition of black radical resistance.'” (Whack) ETHOS

Black Lives Matter photographs also have a deeper genealogy. In their basic trope of the individual confronting terrible power, one of their most striking antecedents is ‘Tank Man,’ from June 5, 1989, near Beijing’s Tiananmen Square” (Cole) PATHOS

“But because of the storm-trooper get-up — the shoulder pads, helmets and what look like rocket-booster backpacks — the two seem like three or four.” (Cole) LOGOS

Do not forget, I am not from this country. My view of America is that of a foreigner– I see things how the rest of the world does.

I personally believe that the Black Lives Matter movement is detrimental to race relations and only achieves to incite violence and fear. Despite it being a proper protest group that has helped people voice the injustice in America, it has drawn in extremists that hurt the public view of the movement and the black race as a whole. Take for example the innocent police officers who have been murdered at the hand of these “protestors”. While these radical members are a very small, overly active minority, the tension in America continues to escalate due to these zealots brandishing themselves as activists of Black Lives Matter. If race relations are to improve, it is paramount that some course of action is taken with the Black Lives Matter group.

Works Cited:

Cole, Teju. “The Superhero Photographs of the Black Lives Matter Movement”. The New York Times Magazine. The New York Times Company, 26 July 2016. Web. 23 January 2017.

Whack, Errin Haines. “Activists relate to King’s shift from dreamer to radical”. The Washington Post. The Washington Post, 16 January 2017. Web. 23 January 2017.


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