People on the big-government left who are distraught over the condition of black lives in America are logically committed to opposing the police and teachers unions — whether or not they realize it. That is because the first indispensable steps in the direction of justice and decency lie in changing the poisonous dynamic between cops and communities on the one hand and bringing competition, entrepreneurship, and parental choice to education on the other. The police and teachers unions, which make it exceedingly hard to fire bad cops and bad teachers, inevitably oppose changing those practices or supporting those key reforms out of sheer institutional self-preservation.
Thus activists, who typically sympathize with government-employee unions, are in fundamental conflict with two of the most powerful government-employee unions in America, again, whether or not those activists get it.
Someone’s in for a rude awakening.