Can Black Lives Matter in the Age of Trump?

GUEST: Dani McClain, contributing writer to The Nation and fellow at the Nation Institute. Her cover story, “The Future of Black Lives Matter,” appears on the cover of the October 9, 2017 edition of The Nation magazine.

BACKGROUND: The past 9 months have demonstrated many weaknesses of American democracy, one of which is the nation's continued denial of racial injustice. Under the Donald Trump administration the modest gains of the past decade are being rolled back, and movements like Black Lives Matter have been declared by Trump's base to be dangerous or irrelevant.

But a closer examination reveals that BLM has in fact continued its activism, morphed into different forms, strengthened local chapters or blossomed new ones, and even entered into the realm of local electoral politics.

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