USA Today: Jason Johnson on the Black Lives Matter Movement

Political science professor Dr. Jason Johnson was quoted in the USA Today article “Black Lives Matter activists seek political clout

The political influence of the Black Lives Matter movement, as with any interest group, will be measured by its ability to change the national conversation, get existing laws changed or new laws passed, and persuade political leaders to adopt their issues, said Jason Johnson, a political science professor at Hiram College in Ohio.

Ultimately, Johnson said, politicians will have to confront the issues of racial inequity in the criminal justice system raised by Campaign Zero and others in the Black Lives Matter movement.

“There is going to be another murdered, killed, abused black person every six weeks,” Johnson said. “So (activists) have the ability to keep this in the public consciousness in a way that Occupy Wall Street could not.”

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