OPEN LETTER: Calling out Opportunists, Hijackers and police in the movement…

The massive Black Lives Matter movement with its timely and urgent demands to end
systemic racism is facing the threat of being diverted from its core demands. Attempts are
being made to shift the focus onto manufactured issues that stereotype our communities, like
“Black on Black” violence and knife/gang crime — code words for labelling young Black
people, often in poor communities, as criminal.
If this is allowed to happen, it would move attention away from racism and state violence,
including police illegality, abuses, and deaths in police custody, to blaming youth or bad
parenting in our communities. We must not allow this!