Note: When I say "evaluating", what I'm actually trying to evaluate is a series of claims that Black Lives Matter is -- let me go look -- immoral, evil, anti-police, pro-violence, anti-white, and pure Marxism -- quite possibly all at the same time. What I've seen so far is largely what the organization presents itself as being: a response to a genuine problem of injustice, focused primarily but not exclusively on the racial imbalances in our justice and law-enforcement system(s), and promoting its aims through peaceful (if sometimes disruptive) means. So I'm not "evaluating" the organization, the movement, or even the slogan in any sense that resembles "making sure they measure up to my high (and self-righteous) moral standards". It's just that I've been told that I don't understand that these are Bad People, and I clearly haven't done my research -- so I'm doing my research by taking a closer look.
So, if you want to know whether or not I'm approaching this question with a bias, well: I am. And that's what it looks like.
Next up in the Things I should really know about Black Lives Matter: the founders are bad people. Alicia Garza apparently said: "[BLM] is an acknowledgement Black poverty and genocide is state violence." She blames Black community problems on the state, and she (and her organization) promote hatred and violence as a way of attaining their goal of a separate Black nation. Garza's inspirations come from militant leaders of the 1960s and 70s rather than from the non-violence of Dr. Martin Luther King.
I, um, yeah. I suppose you could argue that "genocide" and "state violence" are loaded terms, except that as far as I can tell they're also accurate terms. And there are any number of examples of various aspects of "the state" creating problems for black communities and even "the black community" overall, insofar as there can be said to be a single black community. None of that seems poorly grounded or even particularly controversial -- at least not unless you assume that it must mean that the entirety of the United States government at all levels (Federal, State, County, and Local) was at all times hostile to black people and always out to kill as many of them as possible, which I'm pretty sure is not what Black Lives Matter and its founders are trying to say here.
...She (and her organization) promote hatred and violence as a way of attaining their goal of a separate Black nation. I'm now up to about fifty-six hours of following the Black Lives Matter feed on Twitter. (Again: their feed. Not the hashtag. Not any apparently-related groups or individuals. Just their feed.) Plus, as I was advised to do, I've been looking at their website. And let me tell you, if they're promoting violence, they're doing an extremely good job of hiding it. I can't find a single call to violence. I'm not even finding anything that I can unquestionably count as hostile towards police. And I can't find anything about creating a separate black nation. I remember some calls for that sort of thing back in the sixties and seventies; I don't see anything of the sort here.
There's more. Of course there's more. But this is all I'm looking at tonight. I'm going to set this to post, and then I'm going to do some writing on the Dark Fantasy project.