It didn’t take long. The wheels of the Black Lives Matter movement are already starting to get stuck in the mire of doubt and suspicion. A few short weeks ago, politicians were eager to be photographed taking the knee in solidarity with the movement; now they’re desperate to distance themselves from what the movement demands – such as moving funds away from policing and into mental health services and youth work to prevent crime occurring in the first place.
Both Lenin and Stalin insisted that there would be no crime – normal crime that is – in a socially just society. So, let’s get on with the creating the social justice and the crime will fade away, won’t it?
It has to be said that it didn’t work out that way. And not just because the definition of crime was changed so that opposing social justice was one.