The BLM move­ment is a wor­thy cause

Western Daily Press - - Business - Matt Gra­hame, Launce­s­ton, Corn­wall

I READ with sur­prise Mike Jack­man’s let­ter: ‘BLM are a rad­i­cal po­lit­i­cal move­ment’.

The ap­par­ently ‘Neo-Marx­ist’ BLM web­site is Amer­i­can and de­fund­ing the police is aimed at an in­sti­tu­tion­ally ras­cist US police sys­tem. The Bri­tish force is run and or­gan­ised dif­fer­ently and is far more ac­count­able both lo­cally and na­tion­ally.

“Riot is the voice of the un­heard” is a quote from Martin Luther King.

The black com­mu­nity in the US has been try­ing to achieve equal­ity and justice for decades with lit­tle suc­cess. Black peo­ple in the US die at the hands of their police force on a reg­u­lar ba­sis for noth­ing or mi­nor mis­de­meanours! It is no won­der that af­ter yet another death, vi­o­lence erupted.

In Bri­tain, black peo­ple still en­counter racism, de­spite bet­ter in­te­gra­tion in the UK.

The #Blacklives­matter move­ment, in this coun­try, aims to raise aware­ness of con­tin­ued dis­crim­i­na­tion and in­sti­tu­tional racism. A wor­thy cause, I would ar­gue.

The ‘Neo-Marx­ist’ moniker is just a jin­go­is­tic term ap­plied by a cer­tain el­e­ment of the right wing whose sen­si­bil­i­ties it of­fends be­cause of so­cial in­clu­siv­ity, justice and equal­ity.

I don’t think Sir Keir Starmer has to worry about show­ing sup­port for equal­ity and so­cial justice.

Kirsty O’Con­nor

Peo­ple wear­ing face masks on the Lon­don Un­der­ground

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