by Freddie Sayers
Thursday, 2
July 2020

Coleman Hughes: The moral case against Black Lives Matter

by Freddie Sayers

Podcast version:

It’s easy to dismiss anyone querying the Black Lives Matter movement as either pointlessly contrarian or — worse — actually racist. After all, who could object to the truism contained within the movement’s name?

But there are important questions to ask about what the facts show about the scale of ‘systemic racism’, and whether drawing attention to race in such an intense way ultimately advances or hurts Martin Luther King’s vision of people being judged “not by the colour of their skin but but the content of their character.”

Coleman Hughes is just 24 years old, but as a fellow of the Manhattan Institute and Contributing Editor of City Journal, has already established himself as a brave and distinctly level-headed voice during heated times.

It was a pleasure to talk to him, and hear his measured and fair assessment of race relations in America, and the effect of the wider BLM movement. Have a watch above…

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  • August 19, 2020
    °Black lives matter" as a phrase is semantically incomplete. It invites us to complete the phrase and to make it semantically unambiguous. This is because it is a statement about a subset of a larger set, but the relationship to the set as a whole has not be specified. I.e. we do not know why the... Read more

  • July 27, 2020
    All good stuff, I agree 100%---the problem is what was omitted! Maybe last year US police killed only 50 'unarmed' people, but they killed over 1000 total, 8% of US homicides. From beginning to end, the US criminal-justice pipeline dwarfs those of our OECD peer nations in nearly all metrics. We have... Read more

  • July 14, 2020
    Here is the comment I posted on the Youtube page for this: This young man - half my age - is very well spoken indeed. And the set of questions that the Unherd commentator puts to him are well thought out as well. But, in total, both of them seem to be missing a few essential point(s) or lesson(s)... Read more

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