Opinion: BLM Protests Are Pivotal in Fight for Racial Justice, Despite NYPD Defunding Fumble

‘The protesters’ central demand—to cut at least $1 billion from the NYPD’s budget—was not met, although Mayor Bill de Blasio and Council Speaker Corey Johnson insist on claiming otherwise. But as a social movement scholar, I can say that such a setback doesn’t invalidate the fact that meaningful social change only happens from the bottom up.’