BLM National Leadership Focused on Money and Careers
Breya Johnson, co-chair of Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) in Washington, DC, said her organization enjoys a “working relationship” with the local Black Lives Matter chapter, but views BLM’s national leadership as “more about career interests” and raising money “than it is about Black liberation.” BYP100 sees mutual aid as crucial during the Covid-19-induced economic crisis, “because the government failed us.” “How we keep us safe is critical,” said Johnson, a masters student at George Washington University.
Black Is Back Coalition: “Black Power Matters”
“The struggle has to be more than simply a declaration of our significance as human beings, as in the term ‘Black Lives Matter,’” said Omali Yeshitela, chairman of the Black Is Back Coalition for Social Justice, Peace and Reparations. That’s why, for the 12th consecutive year, the Coalition last week marched on the White House under the banners of “Black Power Matters,” “Down With Colonialism,” and “Black Community Control of the Police.” Said Yeshitela: “The masses of people need and want leadership.”
The Mulatta in White Brazilian and US Imaginations
“The mixed Black figure, the mulatta” is “a central focus of containing and managing Blackness and upholding whiteness” in both Brazil and the United States, said Jasmine Mitchell, professor of American Studies and Media and Communication at the State University of New York at Old Westbury. Brazilian media popularize “ideologies of racial mixing with the hope that the nation will become less Black,” said Mitchell, author of the book, “Imagining the Mulatta: Blackness in U.S. and Brazilian Media.”
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