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.
The original Black Panther Party (BPP), was started in 1966 and led by Huey P. Newton. They were started in Oakland, California in a fight against the police brutality and unjustified murders up there. We see the same thing today with Black Lives Matter(BLM), a group that originally started as a Twitter hashtag and blew up around the world. Its real impact came in 2013 after the murder of Treyvon Martin by George Zimmerman getting off. This was not as large until the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in New York City.
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.
Due to a lack of a conviction in a high-profile case such as this, which exploded over social media, this spawned the hashtag, Black Lives Matter, to spread, creating an urgency for social justice, and human rights. “ ‘We Shall Overcome’, the anthem of the 1960’s movement evokes a clear-eyed yet resolute hope-- things will get better, even if we can’t fully imagine that reality. ‘Black Lives Matter’ is both mournful and exasperated in tone-- we haven’t made that much progress, and it is an outrage that the intrinsic value of black lives still goes unrecognized-- yet it’s also a more overt call-to-action, immediate in its demand: we need to overcome, not someday but now.” The realities of this sentiment ring true for African Americans, as the sense of urgency, is at its most immediate. The legacy of the Civil Rights Movement gave Black people the tools to fight a war on two fronts; the first, through legislation and governmental action, that was gained from the interventionists for Civil Rights such as Dr. King, and the second, the will to fight now, the sense of urgency, the sense of Black Nationalism and community, that was gained from the Separationists for Civil Rights, such as Malcolm X.
A cause of corruption, discrimination and inequality, the cause of death of many innocent lives. Throughout the long history, racism has been a subject of much debate, most notably in The United states of America. There have been numerous actions that suggest that racial inequality might still be intact with America’s modern society, such as the extreme violence shown by the police that has been roaming all over social media recently. This has eventually led to the creation of the controversial “Black lives matter” group. “Black lives matter” is an organization is an international activist campaign that disapproves of violence towards the African -American community.
After all the high profile police shootings and then the protests against police, many peaceful protest initiatives have sprung to life. Black Lives Matter is a group that has gained lots of recognition for their protests against racism because of their continual efforts to raise awareness for it. Black Lives Matter was a group that was created by its three founders in response to a high profile police shooting in which the officer was acquitted of all charges. Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi first created the movement “#BlackLivesMatter” as a Twitter hashtag in response to George Zimmerman’s acquittal in the Trayvon Martin shooting case, but now the group has greatly expanded. A guiding principle that the Black Lives Matter group abides by is that every black individual and human on earth has a value no matter their disabilities, sexuality, gender, and etc.
Statement of Purpose In light of recent events and social media uproar, the goal of this argumentative paper is to provide a brief but comprehensive understanding to the concept of the black lives matter movement and slogan. The movement is an affirmation of Black people’s contributions to society, humanity, and their resilience in the face of oppression. (“About,” n.d.) As a result, this paper will critically examine the foundation of the movement and the validity of both sides of the argument and the media’s involvement and several other topics.
This movement began after 17 year old Trayvon Martin was placed on trial for his own murder and the murderer, George Zimmerman, was not held accountable for the murder. This question is worthy of study because in order to be able to understand and put an end to racial disputes we have to learn how African Americans lives have been perceived in the past and how
When you think of Black Lives Matter what do you think? A hate movement? Violence? Well it is in fact none of those things and this article is going to help you understand why. After the murder of Treyvon Martin in the year 2012 the Black Lives Matter movement was created in response to this unjust death.
Those who are unfamiliar with Black Lives Matter, it started in 2012 by civil rights activist groups this movement followed upon the death of 17 years old Trayvon Martin an unarmed teenager that was walking home from a store and was eating a bag of skittles and shot by George Zimmerman who was at that time supervising inside of his car patrolling the
The sources answer the question of what role does the history of violence against black people (slavery, lynching, segregation, etc.) play in the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. The sources show that the violence against African American people in the 1800’s is stemmed from the same place as the unsolicited violence against black people today. It comes from the idea that as black people continue to try and make a new place for themselves, white people, specifically cops in this case, continue try to keep African Americans in their place of being seen as a lesser race. It is the history of lynching and of segregation that are coming back into play today, as people who have done nothing wrong are getting killed simply because of their
The public has started a movement called “Black lives matter”. They want justice to be served for the multiple African American men that were wrongly killed. The people involved in “Black lives matter” have been very vocal about what is going on; taking to social media to bring awareness. People of all races have supported this
Black lives matter, all lives matter. The Black Lives Matter movement has been expanding around the United States in the last few years. There are a huge number of people that are against the Black Lives Matter movement and say that the cops are just doing their job no matter what happens. When there is a news story about police brutality on black people, there are people that say that the cops are innocent and should not be held accountable for murder (Greene32).
Alicia Garza: co-creator of the #BlackLivesMatter movement (BLM) advocates that -“Black Lives Matter doesn’t mean your life isn’t important – it means that Black lives, which are seen as without value within White supremacy, are important to your liberation. Given the disproportionate impact state violence has on Black lives, we understand that when Black people in this country get free, the benefits will be wide-reaching and transformative for society as a whole. When we are able to end the hyper-criminalisation of Black people and end the poverty, control and surveillance of Black people, every single person in this world has a better shot at getting and staying free. When Black people get free, everybody gets free.” (The Conversation,2017).