Black Lives Matter as a global movement
What’s my point? I am claiming that African-Americans are not just a prominent American minority group; they are a prominent global minority group. They make up about 3% of the global black population, but perhaps 50% to 75% of blacks who have a major global reputation. If that is correct, then in some sense the plight of African-Americans seems like a “domestic” issue to people in other countries in a way that the plight of Uyghurs or Yemeni people do not. Human sympathy is not roused by abstract statistics; victimized groups need a human face to attract our attention.
From Scott Sumner. I think this is a great insight and might help us make progress on Uyghurs, one of the worst things happening right now that gets very little attention.