Jason Riley at WSJ has some advice for the Black Lives Matters (BLM) leadership. It is extraordinarily unlikely that they will take it but it wonderfully done and worth our appreciation even if it won’t change anything. Do read it all. In the fourth paragraph he gets to the question of where BLM should go:
Some BLM leaders want to integrate political institutions further. Others want the organization to expand its focus to immigrants’ rights. Still others want to create a society “free from pain being inflicted on it by police, racist structures, and capitalism.” Apparently, there are places in the world where blacks living in noncapitalist societies are thriving in comparison with their U.S. brethren.
We love the last sentence. He then reviews the evidence of less shootings by police and the economic problems that blacks face. He concludes that BLM out to work on things like school choice to help reduce those problems:
Of course, improving educational and employment prospects for the black underclass would lower black crime rates and thus go a long way toward reducing encounters with police, the goal that is so near and dear to the Black Lives Matter movement. It’s a win-win, but first the activists have to decide whether the real goal is to help black people or to help themselves.
It is a great idea forcefully argued but it is unlikely that it will even be consider. Adoption of such a course of action is even more far fetched because BLM and so many similar organizations are tied to being victims. We know what their goal is and it is a shame.