Essay on A New Civil Rights Movement

830 Words Oct 23rd, 2015 4 Pages
In July 2013 an African-American teenager, Trayvon Martin, was shot and killed by a white man, George Zimmerman. When it was announced that Mr. Zimmerman had been acquitted, the Black Lives Matter movement began. This movement campaigns against police brutality in the United States against African-Americans. The group received fresh impetus in 2014 after the deaths of two unarmed black teenagers, Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in New York City; in both cases the grand jury did not indict the white officers and no charges were brought. The BLM group has been referred to as both “a new civil rights movement” and a “hate group”. The movement has grown all over the country and has reached national awareness due to its wide spread of civil disobedience. The BLM movement spreads their message through civil disobedience including protests that involve vandalism, transportation disruptions, unwanted interruptions at events, and violent social media posts. Protests are the main source of visibility for the BLM movement; however, their protests often lead to arrests, vandalism, and unrest. In November 2014 when the white cop who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager was not indicted the BLM group lead riots throughout the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. The Ferguson unrest included vandalism, looting, rioting, arson, and gunshots. 10 members of the public and 6 police officers were injured and 211 members of the public were arrested. In December 2014, some members of…

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