A journalist from Polygon, whose coverage of the group’s actions sparked the Blackout movement, has now participated in a conversation about Black Lives matter, specifically in the form of a video interview.
In this video interview with journalist Ryan Cooper, the former student and writer from California speaks candidly about how she came to support the movement and her experiences as a Black woman.
In a series of interviews, Cooper has also addressed issues with the Black community, including the current political climate, as well as the movement’s role in police brutality and violence against Black people.
Cooper says the Black liberation movement and its leaders have “failed us” and “failed the black community.”
“I have a black son, and I’m proud of him, and he’s an amazing young man, but he has a lot of problems, and that’s the reason why I want to see more people participate in this movement,” Cooper said.
Coop says she felt she had no choice but to support Black Lives Matters in order to speak out about racism and injustice, but she also feels that Black Lives Movement leaders should “be held accountable.”
“Black Lives Matter leaders have failed us, and it is our job as Black Americans to take a stand, to take responsibility for the lives we have created,” Cooper told Polygon.
“If you don’t, then you don,t have a voice, you don and we are in a terrible situation.”
She said that the movement has failed many people, including Black people who are struggling with poverty and racial injustice.
“I’m a Black man who is an ex-policeman, I’m an ex police officer, I was a college student, I’ve been in prison, I have been in foster care, I haven’t been able to get my life together,” Cooper explained.
“And the reason I am here is because of Black Lives.”
Cooper, who has been covering the Black lives movement for the past two years, says she has found that her “primary focus” is on Black people, rather than the issues of the broader community.
“The Black Lives movement is an umbrella that encompasses all of us, because there are so many different groups involved, we all have a role to play,” Cooper says.
“It’s important to me that I do not isolate myself, I am not isolated.
I want other people to know that Black lives matter, that Black people are fighting for justice.”
Coop’s experience as a police officer and student has taught her that there are many more issues that need to be addressed in order for Black people to have an equal chance at success.
“It’s not a matter of if Black lives will matter, but how they will,” Cooper states.
“Because there are a lot more people out there than I know.
It’s not the case that Black and brown lives don’t matter.”
Coordin has been writing for Polygon since 2010.
She previously covered police brutality, prison, and education.
She is currently a graduate student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
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