Not only does it give people of color a voice, it also helps educate white people about things like systemic racism. America cannot grow any further until the treatment of people of color is addressed and changed and Black Lives Matter is actively helping that happen. Black Lives Matter is a group that is very near and dear to my heart and I was so thankful to be able to speak at length with Joshua about all that the group does. Joshua, a young black man, was able to provide a valuable perspective about BLM and all that it has achieved and overcome. As a young white woman I try to educate myself as much as possible about things like racism and systematic injustice and Joshua gave me whole new view of the BLM movement.
Black Lives Matter only focuses only on African Americans and their lives. On the other hand All Lives Matter focuses on all races, and gives every individual their importance instead of continuous segregation. BLM is seen as reverse racism, as if to disregard the white race. As shown in pie charts, the majority of people that have a problem with BLM are white. Around 60 percent of white respondents were either neutral, or strongly opposed BLM.
Individuals within society are influenced by the socio-economic factors of the society which they inhabit. This essay will discuss Sociological imagination which was first mentioned by author C.W. Mills who wrote a book with the same title. The personal problem that will be discussed is childhood trauma, because it is broad this essay will focus more on depression and how it effects society on a larger scale. Lastly this essay will then show the advantages of using Social Imagination in our everyday life’s and how we can use it to the benefit of society on a wider scale.
In 2013, the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement was created in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the death of African-American teen Trayvon Martin. I first became aware of the movement through social media sites such as Tumblr, where users were discussing issues of injustice and systemic racism in the United States. I was confronted with the inability of the legal system to provide recourse and justice for Martin. The BLM movement was instrumental in revealing ongoing experiences and mistreatment of African-Americans in the United States. Before the BLM movement, I was aware that although there have been great advances made in the empowerment and equality of African-Americans, racism had not disappeared.
1. Introduction As human beings, we are deeply influenced by society and societal factors. We are not people who are simply individualistic and separate, but since the conception of time, humans have been deeply linked to and motivated by other individuals along with a myriad of other societal elements. The purpose of this essay is to fully discuss Mills’ (1959) ‘sociological imagination’, to present the addiction to gambling as a personal family ‘trouble’, and then to discuss and argue how this personal addiction connects to and is shaped by larger societal structures. Additionally, the potent value of the ‘sociological imagination’ will be assessed.
C.Wright Mills (1916-1962) used the theory of social imagination to describe how people decide what affects them in their daily lives and to link the individual with society. The social imagination links the two poles of personal troubles and social issues together (ed. Stewart & Zaaiman 2014:xvi). Social Factors refers to elements within society which we experience collectively. Such as corruption, fraud, human trafficking, xenophobia, gender inequality, poverty and many more (ed.
The difference between a personal problem and a social issue is that a social issue is a problem that may be thought to be unique to an individual but is actually part of a larger problem affecting many people. Using the sociological imagination, we can separate these issues when looking at a certain individual’s circumstances. For example: Homeless people. Often our first thought when we see a homeless man begging at a traffic light is that he put himself in that situation through the choices he made, this would make it a personal problem. However, this may not always be the case, as the rates of unemployment and poverty soar in South Africa.
Black Lives Matter is often misinterpreted by the people who oppose it. Here are only a few characteristics of BLM to prove
Past President Barack Obama once said that issues with race has been a conflict for too long to be where it is today; more actions need to be taken to end it once and for all. One way people are voicing their opinions is through protesting. Protesting allows individuals of all ages to enlighten others on problems that impact the world. The news has recently been plastered with a movement called Black Lives Matter (BLM). The dictionary definition of BLM is, “a political and social movement originating among African Americans, emphasizing basic human rights and racial equality for black people and campaigning against various forms of racism.” This started in 2013 when a women named Alicia Garza responded to the facebook post of George Zimmerman, the man who gunned down Trayvon Martin.
Black Power groups gave particularly young blacks in ghettos a sense of racial identity and belonging. “Many historians have said that Malcolm X helped raise the self-esteem of black Americans more than any other individual in the civil rights movement.” (11) As displayed in the 1968 Olympics, African-American athletes gave the Black Power salute at the awards, and “the whole world became aware of the Black Power movement” (11). This way, Black Power gave exposure to the struggles of blacks in the