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Will the Black Lives matter movement create lasting change? Show more Show less
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There’s no question that the wave of protests against police violence and racial injustice across the country has had a tremendous impact. “It’s different this time” has been a frequent sentiment among historians, activists and other experts. Is it too early to tell?

No, the #BLM Protests will not create lasting change Show more Show less

Like so many movements before this one, the social injustice and systemic racism will remain long after the protests have died down.
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Partisanship may prevent any major legislative changes

“Admitting there’s a problem with policing and racism in America seems to have bridged the partisan gap that, well, there is a problem. But creating policy solutions will be harder, and like in so many other instances where there is broad bipartisan support for action (immigration, guns), it may be a partisan divide that prevents anything from changing.” — Amber Phillips, Washington Post

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Partisanship has utterly slowed and decreased the amount of legislation that the US Senate and House of Representatives are able to pass. Instead of compromising on important social issues, each party fuels their hatred and bias towards one another through rejecting other party ideas and bills. There are not enough Black or minority Senate members to push Black Lives Matter legislation through the White-Republican majority to support lasting change on a federal level.

The Argument

Partisan lines have continued to solidify and become harder to cross since the US Civil War. [1] After Donald Trump's election in 2016, the Democrat and Republican parties are more separate than ever. The Senate and House of Representatives have been very slow and unable to pass anything other than economic legislation. During Obama's presidency, many white people left the Democratic party to the Republican party, making race an increasingly political issue.[1]Political parties are becoming less racially diverse and are increasingly viewing political opponents in a dehumanizing and enemy-like manner.[2] Making the Black Lives Matter movement increasingly political will trigger political party hatred and create a barrier for change to occur. As the movement loses traction, the public considers Democrats to be fueling the movement and Republicans to be demonizing it. This political divide will continue and prevent major legislation from taking place. The Black Lives Matter movement may bring local change, but federal legislation will not improve in the long term. The lack of government diversity and increasing polarization of political parties in the US government will prevent major, long term legislative changes.

Counter arguments

Optimists of long term change claim that the police brutality and other violent aspects that drive the cause for Black Lives Matter are too important and at the forefront of social and economic politics to be ignored. After the series of US riots, local law enforcement in multiple cities have been defunded or disbanded to prevent further racial violence. [3] Media coverage ran around the clock to cover nightly protests and riots. The public will not permit elected officials from either political party to be neutral on issues or legislation to improve the lives and social conditions of Black people in the United States. The United States has not seen this scale of public outcry for change since the 1960s, an era that brought about lasting change for many Americans, including Black people and other minorities. [4] This scale of public outcry will unite Americans and legislators who belong to both the Democratic and Republican parties.

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  1. https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/disunited-states-partisan-politics-polarising-190801094457547.html
  2. https://www.pewresearch.org/politics/2020/08/04/voters-rarely-switch-parties-but-recent-shifts-further-educational-racial-divergence/
  3. https://news.yahoo.com/will-the-black-lives-matter-movement-create-lasting-change-170538037.html
  4. https://www.allsides.com/news/2020-06-17-1351/will-black-lives-matter-movement-create-lasting-change

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