Murder Michael Brown

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The murder of Michael Brown was one of the most controversial events we had seen in a long time. It brought up the topics of race and equality back into the mainstream radar. It rebirth the internet movement #BLACKLIVESMATTER as a form of protest and education to the new generation of social media users. As a result of the death of Michael Brown, the citizens of Ferguson, Missouri took to the streets to protest their indignation at the heinous crime performed by a police officer. The police reacted in a less than gentle manner and literally blocked media outlets from reporting on the scene. The murder of Michael Brown at the hands of police officer Darren Wilson opened up once again the discussion of race. It soon became apparent that there…show more content…
One key analysis will be in the relationship between students of different races and ethnicities and the extent of the effect that the movement had on these students. The different levels of effect that the movement may have had on the student’s lives is not something that is studied often. This proposed research aims to fill that lack of understanding by studying these students within their own environment. With this research, we hope to create a new discussion on how powerful social media activism is when it is reaching a larger…show more content…
As founder Alicia Garza states, #BLACKLIVESMATTER has moved from being just a social media hashtag to a social movement that is out in the streets. This research will provide insight on just how powerful this movement is both as a social media hashtag and an actual protest organizer. Many researchers are interested on the effects that police brutality has on the people and their communities. Few research the effects of one of the most controversial and widespread social justice movements has had on the youth of the country. This study will open up the discussion of the effects of this movement to a wider audience of higher academic knowledge. It will aid students and researchers who are studying similar topics of racial disparity or activism. Most importantly, it will provide analytical data from real students of varying races and ethnicities and it will show the varying effects of a prominent social media movement. In broader terms, this study will contribute to the research methods training of an undergraduate Latina student from New York City. It will study the correlation between race/ethnicity and the amount of trust that it has on police officers. As racial tensions rise, this study will reveal the psyche of young students who will one day become fully formed adults and how their view of law enforcement will shape the
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