For two decades, TIME magazine has compiled an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Of course, these lists are bound to include some controversial people, given that controversial people can be influential.
However, the list for 2020 includes quite a number of provocative picks, much more than in years past, at least in my opinion.
Perhaps most striking on the 2020 list are the co-founders of Black Lives Matter. As Edward Felsenthal, TIME’s editor-in-chief, writes, “The list also includes many activists fighting for equality, including Black Lives Matter founders Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi, who helped build an international movement for racial justice.”
According to the profile in TIME, “There are only three of them, but they are everywhere. They are getting people to think: What if you had a 17-year-old son in a hoodie, and no weapon, just a candy and a drink, and now he’s dead on the ground? What if your daughter was sleeping in her own bed and the police knocked down the door and killed her? How would you feel? That is what ‘Black Lives Matter’ asks.”
For starters, that paragraph is full of flat-out falsehoods.