Research Journal #5


Splawinski, A. “The Internal Backlash of Contemporary Black Liberation.” Harvard Journal           of African American Public Policy; Cambridge, vol.16, no. 10810463‎, Jun 2016, pp. 7-12.           ProQuestCenral,     accountid=12257. Accessed 5. Mar. 2017. In this article, Splawinski is discussing the             impact that activist politics can have on the growth of a movement, and how it can cause    a   specific movement like the “Black Lives Matter” movement, for instance to stay        stagnant     without much change being done. Splawinski talks about how activist are  sometimes go about protesting their movement the wrong way, and they aren’t putting  out the proper impression to address change. Splawinski states, “Activists should be  criticized for not addressing anti-Blackness in non-Western countries or not being proper  allies to those in non-Western countries. However, the notion we can stretch criticism to  a place where we can say all of this is in vain is unfair.” Splawinski then argues, “Though  it is misleading to articulate the movement’s goals as otherwise, counter-movements  constituently question the credibility of #BlackLivesMatter by doing so.”  Splawinski is a  student studying political science. She has worked in the LGBT activist movement, and is  currently researching how public attitudes and democratic theories are being affected  towards the political institution. This article was published last year, and I will be using  this article in my research on the theory of how the Black Lives Matter movement is being  used by the black community and the impact it has on them. This article ties into my  research by discussing how the public attitude of activist has an effect on trying to make a  change in the black community.


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