Black Lives Matter Has Structural Implications Beyond Single Issues

Part of the demands of Black Lives Matter (BLM) early on was to push the police commissioners to resign and demand the prosecution of the cops involved in the killing of blacks. But recently with BLM taking on police unions and starting a movement to defund the police, they are challenging the whole structure of the police as an institution. They also have introduced specific proposals for what could be done with the resulting left-over funds. The broader Left movement has to find ways to become much more deeply involved in BLM to give them even greater strength.

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About Bruce Lerro

Bruce Lerro has taught for 25 years as an adjunct college professor of psychology at Golden Gate University, Dominican University and Diablo Valley College. He has applied a Vygotskian socio-historical perspective to his five books: "From Earth-Spirits to Sky-Gods: the Socio-ecological Origins of Monotheism, Individualism and Hyper-Abstract Reasoning", "Power in Eden: The Emergence of Gender Hierarchies in the Ancient World" (co-authored with Christopher Chase-Dunn), "Social Change: Globalization from the Stone Age to the Present", "Lucifer's Labyrinth: Individualism, Hyper-Abstract Thinking and the Process of Becoming Civilized", and "The Magickal Enchantment of Materialism: Why Marxists Need Neopaganism". He is also a representational artist specializing in pen-and-ink drawings. Bruce is a libertarian communist and lives in Olympia, WA.

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