Exploring Racial Justice Reflection of the Week

Ruby Sales upon joining SNCC, 1964
Ruby Sales upon joining SNCC, 1964

How does Black Lives Matter fit in a historical context?  

“Although we are familiar with it [Black Lives Matter] within a contemporary context, that has always been the cry of African Americans from the point of its captivity, through enslavement, through Southern apartheid, and Northern migration, and de facto segregation. [It] was the assertion that black lives matter in a society that said that black people were property, in a society that said that black lives did not matter. And part of what happened after post-Civil Rights Southern Freedom Movement is that people thought that what the movement had been about was jobs, position, status. When, in fact, it had not been about that at all. It had been about — when King talked about the mountain top, he was talking about a higher level of consciousness. He was talking about a movement where we harmonized the ‘I’ with the ‘we’ and the ‘we’ with the ‘I.’”

Ruby Sales, On Being Interview with Krista Tippett, “Where Does It Hurt?”