The Civil Rights Movement: The Black Lives Matter Movement

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The Black Lives Matter movement was created by African Americans whose main goals were to bring about change to urban neighborhoods and America as a while. After the murder of Trayvon Martin in 2012, the movement was created to bring awareness to the rising violence against African American people, especially African American males. Since the acquittal of Martin’s murder, George Zimmerman, there have been many instances of black men being murdered not by armed citizens, but by our protectors in uniform. However, even as times got harder for African Americans, the movement stayed strong over these long years. I support the Black Lives Matter movement because, like the Civil Rights movement, African Americans are trying to bring awareness to…show more content…
Everytime a black male dies, their family members go on the news to spread awareness. Seeing broken, childrenless mothers and fathers brings out an emotion of sorrow in the audience. We try to imagine what it may be like, but the heartbreak of losing a loved one is too much for us to bear. The movement logically identifies the statistics and facts of the typical African American’s fate. Between the years of 1999 and 2014, 76 unarmed individuals were killed by police officers. This may not seem like a significant number to most, compared to the thousands lost in other tragedies, it is about five people per year and five people to many. Especially when young black teenagers are individual in the mix. Similarly, Emmett Till, a black teenager, was killed and lynched by white men after reportedly “flirting” with a white woman. His murders were released, even after they confessed to the murder. The Black Lives Matter movement, determined to make sure history doesn’t repeat itself, wants to instill the truth in American’s minds that African Americans are not treated with the same respect of others. The use of these appeals leads to me heavily support the Black Lives Matter movement.

The Black Lives Matter movement is to the Civil Rights movement as the Great Awakening is to the creation of Christianity: a reemergence of old ideals in the modern world. This movement has gained the support of many Americans, striving for a change in society’s cruel ways. For this reason, the movement has gained my support. People may disagree and state that “All lives matter”, but until everyone is equal, “All” will only include the privileged, not the
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