A Black Lives Matter leader and New York Daily News columnist is threatening to hit three cities with a boycott by more than 200,000 supporters if his demands about police brutality aren’t met. Shaun King is a notorious leader of the anti-cop movement, and he’s looking to improve his profile with what he hopes is a massive demonstration of their power.
From the Daily Caller:
In an official announcement on The Tom Joyner Morning Show, King said that the project, which he has dubbed Injustice Boycott, will aim to force the progressive cities to meet local activists’ demands regarding police brutality.
And if those demands are not met within 43 days — by Martin Luther King Jr. Day — King says that he will activate Injustice Boycott supporters — more than 200,000 people, according to his estimate — to level a four-prong attack on commerce and government.
The three cities are New York City, San Francisco, and Standing Rock Indian Reservation, located in North and South Dakota. Here’s what he’s planning, again from the Daily Caller:
● A full tourism boycott
● A comprehensive divestment plan where we ask people to pull their money out of banks, financial institutions, and investment plans in which we have determined that those institutions either directly support racial injustice or police brutality in those cities or have chosen to remain completely silent in the midst of this national crisis.
● A targeted national boycott of businesses in those cities that have either directly supported injustice or have remained painfully silent in the face of it.
● [Disruption of] cities by protest designed to inconvenience and shut down both commerce and government.
It’s unclear how much of an effect the “economic boycott” of tens of thousands will have in the two major cities with millions of citizens. Clearly, King hopes that his effort will grow into a larger protest, but his past projects have met with little success, and the mood in the country has decidedly swung against anti-police efforts with the electoral victory of Donald Trump.