According to the website blacklivesmatter.com, the #blacklivesmatter movement started back in 2012 after the Trayvon Martin incident. I remember that incident quite well, the nation was very divided. Some argued that Zimmerman had no right to shoot while others argued Zimmerman had the right to defend himself. While that went on, the US Media more than likely made millions off his death. Regardless of this, your movement factually changed more peoples opinions in your favor through that process, debate, than anything else done since.
It comes down to the fact that peaceful protesting and demonstrations accomplish far more than violence and crime. Your movement is trying to tell the public that Black Lives Matter. You’ll have a hard time accomplishing that mission when you have people rallying behind your banner acting like the Westboro Baptist Church. That’s why when we talk about civil rights we talk more about Martin Luther King Jr. than we do “The North” in the civil war who sacrificed far more for this movement. You can accomplish far more good without lighting a match or casting a stone than you can with violence.
I refuse to judge an entire movement based on the actions of a few, but there are a lot of people that aren’t that way. If you don’t distance yourself from these people, your movement is going to have a difficult time convincing anyone.
When you get a lot of people behind your movement like Sierra McGrone, it starts generating as much racism as it solves, damning the entire movement into an eternal state of “counter productivity”. If you sit idle when you see hatred and extremism forming within your movement, horrible things can happen, some of the most evil people in history rise to power when people were silent when they should of spoke.
I personally feel that the #blacklivesmatter movement should set a set of guidelines on their website for what they do and do not support. A list of beliefs and ideals they are promoting as well as a list of activities and ideals they don’t support. This is a necessary line you have to set in order to keep extremism out.
If you continue to allow extremists commit all sorts of atrocious acts online and in person while using the same hashtag #blacklivesmatter, your movement is not going to move that far forward. These people are committing such extreme acts that it is actually encouraging racism. If your mission is to protest racism, you should consider this, and distance yourself from it in any way possible. You can sometimes win a battle by fighting fire with fire, however racism is not one of them.