Analysis Of ' Black Lives Matter ' Essay

1258 Words Nov 11th, 2016 6 Pages
Isabel Deus
Diversity in the Workplace
Black lives matter
11/6/2016
Black Lives Matter
History- plays a key role to understand where the discrimination America faces today. Dated back in 1960 during the civil right movement
Black Lives Matter- is an international activist movement, originating in the African-American community,that campaigns against violence and systematic racism toward black people. BLM regularly protests police killings of black people and broader issues of racial profiling, police brutality, and racist inequality in the United States criminal justice system. In 2013, the movement began with the use of the hashtag #Black Lives Matter on social media, after acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of African -American teen Trayvon Martin (Wikepedia).
Trayvon Martin was fatally shot on Feb. 26, four years ago. The unarmed teen’s death, in many ways, gave birth to the Black Lives Matter movement, which has reframed the way Americans think about police treatment of people of color. Martin was not killed by a cop, but by George Zimmerman, a member of the local neighborhood watch who claimed he shot the black 17-year-old in self-defense. A Florida jury acquitted Zimmerman of murder or manslaughter in July 2013. The verdict was unpopular with huge numbers of people. Three of them, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi, all black women, all friends , reacted by posting #BlackLivesMatter on social media. While the phrase “black lives matter”…

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