Black Lives Matter : Black People And Their Allies Essay

810 Words Jan 7th, 2016 4 Pages
Because they have similar beliefs, live the same general area, and support the same causes, Black Lives Matter should be considered a community; however, Black Lives Matter is supporting their common cause in ways that can be viewed as unproductive and seemingly unnecessary in America.
Black Lives Matter is an organization that was created to build connections between black people and their allies (“Black Lives Matter”). It started in 2012 when Trayvon Martin, a black 17 year old boy, was killed by a white man named George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch coordinator in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman was acquitted for his crime. The Trayvon Martin Case was what inspired three women, Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi, and Patrisse Cullors, to create the Black Lives Matter hashtag on social media. They then turned #BlackLivesMatter from a social media hashtag into a real organization. Garza, Tometi and Cullors, established Black Lives Matter on the basis of the need “to fight anti-black racism, to spark dialogue among black people, as well as to facilitate the types of connections necessary to encourage social action and engagement”(“Black Lives Matter”). Ferguson, Missouri was the location of the very first Black lives Matter freedom ride. It was sparked when a Ferguson police man shot and killed a black 18 year old man. Over 400 men, women and children marched to protest at the spot where the man was killed(“Get On The Bus..”). All in all the Ferguson freedom ride was a very…

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