As the Black Lives Matter Movement has gained recognition, we have seen numerous individuals, organizations, non-profits, etc. stand up and speak out against (domestic) state sanctioned violence, institutional racism and the lack of police accountability. Personally, I have deeply appreciated this acknowledgment of the pervasiveness of racism in America. It makes me realize that our voices are being heard, and that it doesn't and shouldn't have to take us shouting for people to recognize that our lives matter. However, as someone with an intersectional identity, I can't help but question: How authentic is a critique of American racism if it leaves out racism globally? Are the efforts of organizations and individuals who turn a blind eye to global black suffering doing an injustice to domestic black suffering? Is an organization "radical" only if it acknowledges the transnational nature of oppression? Furthermore, if the Black Lives Matter movement is a movement fighting for freedom, shouldn't these same organizations and individuals stand up, or at least speak out against, domestic and global movements for freedom? I'm not sure if I have the answers to these questions. But what I do know is that black suffering is global, and the Black Lives Matter Movement is global.
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