In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, Black Lives Matter has risen to new heights of national prominence. With such consensus around ending police brutality, many wonder in frustration how anyone could have a problem with Black Lives Matter.
In fact, the Left and Right are often discussing different things and don’t realize they’re talking past each other. To the center-Left, Black Lives Matter is a decentralized rallying cry to bring attention to the cause of police violence. But to the Right and the far-Left, Black Lives Matter is a specific group, with specific chapters and leadership, with radical goals that go far beyond ending police brutality.