In this event, which was help on Thursday February 4, of last week it’s main message was that Black lives matter. This goes beyond extrajudicial killings of black people by police and vigilantes. It goes beyond the narrow nationalism that can be prevalent within Black communities. Black Lives matter affirms the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, Black-undocumented folks and more.
I think that by attending this event it has opened my eyes to more. I did not realize it was that in depth and I think I can speak for everyone who attended this event that we all took something positive away from this event. During this event, Dr. Cornell West spoke about the public intellectuals and the progression of politics. He has said a lot of thinks that made me wonder and really stuck out to me. Something that was interesting was the 5 panelists. 1 student, 1 grad student, 1 former professor, 1 current professor, and Dr. West. I did not realize that it was that in depth with the member of that panel.
As Dr. West continued to speak he said a quote that has really stood out to me. It was that, “You have to be willing to take a risk to better the world.” (Dr. West) I think this hit hard for many people in attendance of this event. After Dr. West had made that statement there was a student who had stood up in front of the panelists and the crowd of students and preached that we should not wait until Black History month to talk about black lives mattering. “We have to be uncomfortable to solve the problem.” (Student in audience)