‘BLACK LIVES MATTER’ LEADER DEFENDS LOOTING DURING YALE DIVINITY SCHOOL ‘LEADERSHIP’ CLASS
Students in DeRay Mckesson’s lecture on “Transformational Leadership in the #BlackLivesMatter Movement” received some very interesting reading material this week, as highlighted by Twitter user ShordeeDooWhop, who’s apparently in the class, Hotair.com reports.
The reading was assigned by Mckesson, a middle school administrator and Black Lives Matter protester, who is one of three speakers in the Yale Divinity School’s new course offering. Other assigned readings include Ta-Nehisi Coates’s book “Between the World and Me,” a Huffington Post article titled “How The Black Lives Matter Movement Changed the Church,” the book “Silent Covenants: Brown v. Board of Education and the Unfilled Hopes for Racial Reform” by author Derrick Bell, Leah Gunning Francis’ book “Ferguson & Faith: Sparking Leadership and Awakening Community,” and a New York Times article titled “Our Demand Is Simple: Stop Killing Us,” according to Fox News.
The Osterweil piece, as the title suggests, makes the case for why looting and violent riots that accompany racial strife is a good thing, and attempts to justify the actions of thieves and criminals who participate.
Osterweil argues that the white supremacist media perpetuates the problem of violence at protests, and claims it’s the violence itself that led to change during the civil rights movement.
“In working to correct the white-supremacist media narrative we can end up reproducing police tactics of isolating the individuals who attack property at protests. Despite the fact that if it were not for those individuals the media might pay no attention at all,” the article reads.
“If protesters hadn’t looted and burnt down that QuikTrip on the second day of (the Ferguson) protests, would Ferguson be a point of worldwide attention? It’s impossible to know, but all the non-violent protests against police killings across the country that go unreported seem to indicate the answer is no.
“It was the looting of a Duane Reade after a vigil that brought widespread attention to the murder of Kimani Gray in New York City,” Osterweil continues. “The media’s own warped procedure instructs that riots and looting are more effective at attracting attention to a cause.”
The article claims that violence is what ultimately convinced President John F. Kennedy to take action in the 1960s.
“It took months of largely non-violent campaigning in Birmingham, Alabama to force JFK to give his speech calling for a civil rights act. But in the month before he did so, the campaign in Birmingham had become decidedly not-non-violent: protesters had started fighting back against the police and Eugine ‘Bull’ Conner, throwing rocks, and breaking windows. Robert Kennedy, afraid that the increasingly riotous atmosphere in Birmingham would spread across Alabama and the South, convinced John to deliver the famous speech and begin moving towards civil rights legislation.”
And the fear riots instill in whites is the point, according to “In Defense of Looting.”