Black Lives Matter Social Movement

On February 26, 2012, a 17-year-old boy was shot and killed by a man named George Zimmerman. Treyvon Martin was a junior at his high school as well as an African American boy. Unarmed with the intention to walk back to the house he was staying in. This event in time was the catalyst to the movement that is known as Black Lives Matter. Black Lives Matter is a social movement with the intention of bringing awareness to unjust events that happen within the POC (people of color) community. In 2012, BLM didn’t have proper media coverage, so people were unaware that a movement was brewing. Now looking at it 4 years later, Black Lives Matter is a large and active movement. Every time a person of color is killed with an unjust cause as to why, Black …show more content…
Black Lives Matter is a relevant social movement that is misunderstood unjustly and faced with many problems such as media coverage and opponent groups and the American police force.
On the Black Lives Matter website, they state “#BlackLivesMatter is a call to action and a response to the virulent anti-Black racism that permeates our society.” (BLM) Now compare to that to the definition of the Civil Rights movement “… an era dedicated to activism for equal rights and treatment of African Americans in the United States.” (“Civil Rights Movement, The” Roy). Obviously these two are different in their own rights but there are some connections. There are people today that believe the Civil Rights movement has not ended because of the current state of social justice in the United States. One reason why BLM and the Civil Rights movement are similar is because of the way people have protested. Similar to the march on Washington and Selma, most of the protests via BLM have been peaceful marches. However, to the opposing side there have been a few riots caused by the strong emotions that people feel when shootings happen. For example,
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There is a very huge misunderstanding that people do not understand about Black Lives Matter ‘s purpose. The movement is not saying that ONLY black lives matter. They emphasize many times on their website that they just want justice for black lives. LGBTQIA+ POC also suffer with justice, because people who are LGBTQIA+ still struggle with the heteronormative society that is still present, even though the right to marry is universal. They have that plus them being a POC. Nowhere on their site does it say that all lives don’t matter. BLM emphasizes that, “We are committed collectively, lovingly and courageously working vigorously for freedom and justice for Black people and, by extension all people.” (BLM) Again, nowhere does it say that only black lives matter and no one else’s. Many misunderstand and are quick to shut down BLM with All Lives Matter or even a less frequent Blue Lives matter. Blue Lives matter represents the people who are in support with the law enforcement. There are many bumper stickers with the American flag that is all black, with a single blue stripe which is the symbol for Blue Lives Matter. Supporters of All Lives Matter say that all lives matter because they think they are being inclusive. Which they are however, they don’t know the full on meaning of the BLM movement and therefore misunderstand BLM’s intentions. These misunderstandings are also the fault of the media. Media coverage of

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