The black lives matter movement is a modern-day civil rights movement. The movement has 26 chapters in the United States, and aims to help black people that are powerless to the state, take a stand against racist brutality towards black among many other things. The organization makes it noticed that they support all black people no matter their gender or sexual orientation.
There have been many movements in the United States in which African Americans have been the focal point for example the Selma March, the March on Washington, the civil rights movement, and even today the Black Lives Matter movement. Those movements have had a significant impact on the United States and still play a part in today’s society. Those movements still play a part in today’s society because without those movements there wouldn’t be a Black Lives Matter because African Americans wouldn’t have the courage to stand up a fight for their rights if it wasn’t for Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, or the many other activists that stood up for African-American rights. Selma and the March on Washington share a big relationship to the Black Lives Matter and they are just as important to the civil rights movement.
Black Lives Matter is beyond a hashtag, it was made not only to bring awareness, but to challenge the many years of discrimination that the black community has faced from our criminal justice system, government, and even schools. Until there is no social change, the phrase “All Lives Matter” should not be said because it removes the attention and focus of the grievances of our black community.
The Black Lives Matter was founded in 2013 by three African American women. It’s another social justice that has made national news for their cause. Black Lives Matter is just more than a social movement. It is an out cry for help, as a nation, as a whole. Black Lives Matter is a community.
Through the utilization of nonviolent protest demonstrations, hashtag activism – using the #BlackLivesMatter on various social medias sites like Twitter – and the questioning of politicians, both in office and running for office, BLM demonstrations have been both well run and have significantly impacted it’s cause in good ways. That is, in just about every instance besides the ones they are most famous for. While one of the three cases of which I’ll classify as BlackLivesMatter’s most notable, the death of Eric Garner, had a completely appropriate and just response after police unlawfully choked him to death despite repeated pleas for mercy from Garner of “I can’t breathe”, BlackLiveMatter’s backings of the shootings of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown were, in my opinion, not justifiable and detrimental to it’s cause which has rightfully protested hundreds of other cases… letting totalitarian mindsets override rationale and refusing to take no for an answer in the two most controversial and nationally-scaled cases that it has involved itself
For jobs and Universities, African Americans are “thrown to the side” because they are thought to be less intelligent and less capable than those of other races. However, the Black Lives Matter movement has allowed society to see the injustices that African Americans face on a day-to-day basis. From low acceptances to Jobs and Universities to disproportionate incarceration rates, the American people can now see just how unequal African Americans are treated. Furthermore, artists like Kendrick Lamar have allowed the movement to spread to the younger generation who eventually will be able to make the decision to reverse the hatred. In the past few years, the Black Lives Matter movement has accomplished quite a lot, like forcing resignations at the University of Missouri and Yale University due to prejudice against African Americans (Foran).
The Black Lives Matter movement has changed how I view the world in many ways that have benefitted my life; it showed me that racism is still well and alive in our country, and that there are people who will do anything in their power to insure that you don't become a successful person. Even though that I knew that there were many people in the US who still had racist mindsets, I now know that our country hasn’t drastically evolved mentally, regarding race, in the last 60-70 years. Though there may have been a small change in people who have actually accepted us as one people ,and the fact that we are equal despite our skin color. That we all bleed the same blood, and have the same bones, organs and etc. This movement/event has opened my eyes.
Many protestors who have aligned interest were split this year between the phrases “Black Lives Matter” vs. “All Lives Matter”. The peak of the Black Lives Matter Movement included all racial identities, but even still was ambiguously split between African-Americans protesting for Black Lives Matter and everyone else protesting for black lives matter. The incident that split the two sides was the terminology at the
Do They Really Matter? Living in a society where hiding our true feelings is normal. A society where speaking up is fronded upon. Where speaking our heart is encouraged, but the consequences of doing so strike us with fear. It has become hard to express ourselves, without our emotion getting in the way.
This has left the group with a stigma of being merely a band of hoodlums that only wish to lash out at the men in women in blue that protect us all from chaos. It has even spawned several satirical groups targeting the perceived exclusiveness of Black Lives Matter, including White Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter, and All Lives Matter. This degeneration of virtuous movements for positive social change through the inclusion of violence can also be found in the protests currently occurring against Trump. Though acts of violence geared against Trump are not as common as the nonviolent, those few instances serve only to galvanize those that support Trump and to further divide this great nation further away from reconciliation.
For my first essay, I was assign to do some research about what people know and what do they think about Black Lives Matter. We had to give people a survey were they had to answer some questions honestly. If someone didn’t knew about black lives matter there were other questions that they can answer. As I was going around asking people if they can fill out the survey. I didn’t decide on whom should fill my survey. Whether it should be teachers, student, or a specific gender. I just went to people who I assumed where not busy. I didn’t feel uncomfortable or shy speaking to people because I am a sociable person and it’s also part of my daily job to come up to people and speak with them.
The statement “Black Lives Matter”, in my opinion, is not to say other lives do not matter but to draw attention to all the senseless black lives being taken. Outraged and seriously concerned for my life, I have to be aware of my own surrounding because I am an African American. There does not seem to be any urgency in trying to solve what has become an epidemic. Day-by-day, there are incidents of blacks being killed, and it’s getting worst. Black lives are being taken by police officers and by citizens who call themselves vigilantes.
The civil rights movement in the 1960s, lead by Martin Luther King Jr, was well executed compared to the black lives matter movement happening today. The Goals of the civil rights movement and the black lives matter movement are different, but they both come back to the same idea of equality. The major goals of the civil rights movement were to end segregation, equal access to jobs and housing, and fair voting rights. The black lives matter movement wants to end violent policing, the oppression of black people, and the racism in America (“About”). There is many reasons that the civil rights movement has had a larger effect on the government and their policy than the black lives matters have had.