img_4530#1 Sociological Idea: Ideology



Related Aspect Of The Phenomenon: “Today, like every day before it, we demand reparations, economic justice, a commitment to black futures and an end to the war on black people, in the United States and around the world. The work will be harder, but the work is the same.”



#2 Sociological Idea: Cause-Effect Phenomenal Separation


Related Aspect Of The Phenomenon: “In Portland, Oregon, police deployed pepper spray against Black Lives Matter activists Wednesday, amid protests at City Hall during a vote over a controversial new police contract, which activists say gives police officers too much power during investigations over police brutality.”





#3 Sociological Idea:  Us-vs.-Them Group Formation



Related Aspect Of The Phenomenon: “North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has declared a state of emergency in the city of Charlotte following protests Wednesday night during which police in riot gear fired rubber bullets, tear gas and pepper spray at protesters, who threw fireworks and trash at officers in return.”





#4 Sociological Idea: Domination


Related Aspect Of The Phenomenon: “Police use violence to disperse pro-democracy demonstrators in the country of Egypt’s Revolution”

URL: Bottom of Pg. 114 in “Experience Sociology” David Croteau and William Hoynes


#5 Sociological Idea: War of Position


Related Aspect Of The Phenomenon: The law is a win for the so-called Blue Lives Matter movement, which advocates for law enforcement and is a response to Black Lives Matter — a movement critical of policing in minority communities.





#6 Sociological Idea: Despot Duality



Related Aspect Of The Phenomenon: “Segregation between whites and blacks peaked in the 60’s and has been declining, reaching new lows in 2010”

URL: Pg. 417 in “Experience Sociology” David Croteau and William Hoynes



#7 Sociological Idea: Empathic Cues vs. Abstraction


Related Aspect Of The Phenomenon: Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier has called in hundreds of deputies from neighboring states. North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple has also activated the National Guard. Riot police with military-grade equipment have attacked the Native American protectors with pepper spray, tear gas, bean bag rounds, rubber bullets and sound cannons called LRADs—that’s a long-range acoustic device.




#8 Sociological Idea: Distant Aggression, Proximal Peace


Related Aspect Of The Phenomenon: “On Friday, NBC released a gut-wrenching cellphone video by Rakeyia Scott witnessing her husband, Keith Lamont Scott, being shot and killed by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police.”





#9 Sociological Idea: Spiral of Silence


Related Aspect Of The Phenomenon: Two Chicago police officers say they have faced retaliation and suffered from PTSD since they blew the whistle on a gang of their fellow cops who were demanding bribes from drug dealers in the housing projects of Chicago. We speak with one of the whistleblowers, Shannon Spalding, and with reporter Jamie Kalven, who documented their ordeal in a major investigation for The Intercept called “Code of Silence.”





#10 Sociological Idea: Political Socialization



Related Aspect Of The Phenomenon:  “I would describe this moment for the movement as a real paradigm shift. It is an indicator of what is to come. But it also, I think, points to the agency that we have, collectively, to change our conditions. I think if we demonstrate a collective commitment and a collective practice to changing not just how police and policing happens in this country, but certainly to changing the conditions that black communities are living and existing in, then we have a real shot for living in a world that is more just, more equitable — in a world where black lives actually do matter.”