Barbara Reynolds: Black Lives Matter is a motley-looking group to this septuagenarian grandmother, an activist in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Many in my crowd admire the cause and courage of these young activists but fundamentally disagree with their approach. Trained in the tradition of Martin Luther King Jr., we were nonviolent activists who won hearts by conveying respectability and changed laws by delivering a message of love and unity. BLM seems intent on rejecting our proven methods. This movement is ignoring what our history has taught. read more
It's a great speech. Simple as that.
Yeah, it's 34 minutes long. It's a great 34 minutes, well worth it.
(For those who roll your eyes at football, skip till about 2 minutes in, as the first 2 minutes may seem foreign to you.)
Jihadism refers to a violent extremist movement that seeks to establish an Islamic empire -- referred to as a caliphate -- governed by a harsh, extremely conservative interpretation of Islamic law. (The word "jihad" translates literally as "struggle," but "jihadism" refers to the militant ideology that has adopted that term.)
But since 9/11, Western politicians and commentators have gotten groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS badly wrong, often miscasting them as a mere outgrowth of Western foreign policy or a reaction to America's "freedoms." read more