- Peniel Joseph: Movement for Black Lives agenda calls for the systemic overhaul of the criminal justice system
- Agenda seeks to re imagine "black humanity and dignity" in the 21st century, he says
Peniel Joseph is the Barbara Jordan Chair in Political Values and Ethics and the founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is a professor of history. He is the author of several books, most recently "Stokely: A Life" The views expressed here are his own.
(CNN)Unfocused. Misdirected. Those are just a couple of the kinder words used by some critics of Black Lives Matter to describe the movement.