“Black Lives Matter began as a call to action in response to state-sanctioned violence and anti-Black racism. Our intention from the very beginning was to connect Black people from all over the world who have a shared desire for justice to act together in their communities. The impetus for that commitment was, and still is, the rampant and deliberate violence inflicted on us by the state ``.(Black Lives Matter, 2019) Black Lives Matter is an organization that was created back in 2013 by 3 women by the names of Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi, and Patrisse Cullors. This movement was shortly created after the murder of Trayvon Martin and in the response of his killer, George Zimmerman, being acquitted. This organization focuses on bringing attention to the senseless killing of unarmed blacks in the community and trying to bring justice to the families of those who have fallen victim. Although the hashtag is already a big thing around the world, it’s awareness is usually brought up the most, sadly, when there’s been a killing of an unarmed black citizen. It’s bringing attention to justice that needs to be served. And even when that justice has not been served, the movement still reigns supreme, informing people around the world that Black lives matter just as much as anyone else does.
This organization is a reminder to not only the black community but to everyone else that they’ve overcome oppression, how’d they benefited society, and their humanity. Black lives matters give black people a voice, gives them a safe space to express themselves knowing they have people to back them. It allows them to create leadership amongst their community, not only amongst black people but double and triple minorities in the community have a chance to be a leader in their safe space as well. Black lives matter has made it easier to converse about the struggles that blacks face in everyday life. Many people of different ages, cultures, ethnicities, etc, are beginning to engage in conversations, they’re standing up for the rights of black people, they’re speaking up and speaking out and trying to encourage change within their communities as well by spreading the awareness.
There are so many nonpeople of color who are not educated and ignorant, although some not on purpose, and need to be educated on the lives and struggles that black people go through. They may not be able to relate but they have the ability to understand by joining the movement or even taking amount to search the website and see what the movement is about. This movement allows them to be able to stand up for something, even if it’s not for themselves. It’s to support the rights of someone who’s not able to fight for themselves, i.e Trayvon Martin. This is also a good moment for people of non-color who plan on adopting or having a black baby, they can use this to reassure themselves that their child is going to have a strong supports system that lets them know their lives matter.
Black lives matter focuses on a few things such as gaining reparation for the black, ending violence against black people, economic justice, political power, community control, and much more. But most of all they’re fighting for respect. And for the most part, they have gained respect from a lot of people. Black lives matter has pushed people to further educate themselves on the matters that go on in the black community. Some people eventually get involved, joining in on the protests, marches, and the events surrounding the cause. There are also a lot of white people who have been getting more involved, empathizing speaking up although they don’t understand what it’s like to be stopped just for the color of their skin because it’s likely for them to do so.
“It is backed up by a new report on the city of Baltimore by the Department of Justice, which has found that black residents of low-income neighborhoods are more likely to be stopped and searched by police officers, even if white residents are statistically more likely to be caught carrying guns and drugs.”(Tedeneke, 2019)
The organization has also backed the families of the victims, flooding social media with the names of the victims of the families. The names soon become viral, being covered on multiple news channels, multiple radio stations, and the stories are able to get covered. Stories that would have never been covered before the influence of black lives matter. They’re now being broadcast across the world. If it weren’t for black lives matter, people would not know about the multiple killings of innocent black lives such as Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, and others.
“What We Believe.” Black Lives Matter, blacklivesmatter.com/what-we-believe/.
Tedeneke, Alem, and World Economic Forum USA.
“The Black Lives Matter Movement Explained.” World Economic Forum, www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/08/black-lives-matter-movement-explained/.