There was a time when Black Lives Matter was committed, principally, to protecting black people from being killed by police. They have expanded their purview lately.
Last week, a consortium of over 60 independent Black Lives Matter organizations released a platform addressing issues facing African Americans. They've come a long way, indeed, from a cluster of activists demonstrating and tweeting from Ferguson, Mo. Their platform has six main planks, each with several sub-planks, constituting a list of demands that would make the heart of any progressive civil rights leader swoon.
It's all there: criminal justice reform, education reform, jobs programs, upending politics-as-usual, more and better mental health services. And on top of all that, reparations.
By the time the platform gets to breaking up big banks and getting big money out of politics, it becomes clear that Black Lives Matter has grown from a very specific - and noble - mission into a call for an entire leftist revolution. In the parlance of contemporary social media discourse, Black Lives Matter is the quintessence of "woke."