Black Lives Matter Movement Essay

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The Black Lives Matter movement (BLM) is one of good intentions, but a variety of flaws. The execution of BLM tends to be one that is counter-productive. The creators of the movement state that it is one that “…is an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise. It is an affirmation of Black folks’ contributions to this society, our humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression” (Black Lives Matter, 2016). The Black Lives Matter movement began after the death of Trayvon Martin when George Zimmerman was acquitted, and individuals felt a desire to bright to light the evident issue of anti-Black racism in our country (Black Lives Matter, 2016). The …show more content…
Yet, there are a large variety of flaws within the Black Lives matter movement and how it presents its intentions to the rest of the public. The weaknesses of the movement dampen the positive impact that the activists are striving for. At the forefront of the extremely controversial BLM movement is the violence that has occurred, which is seemly in correlation with the development of the movement. The BLM advocates are protesting violence against Black individuals, yet the media has shown to the rest of the public the violence and child-like behaviors that these protesters themselves have participated in. Fighting fire with fire is counter-productive, and does not make a lasting positive impact on those who the activists are trying to influence. Ian Tuttle reports in the National Review that in St. Paul, MN, “…more than 100 protesters were arrested when protesters used an overpass over Interstate 94 to throw rocks and rebar at police, injuring 21 officers, including one who suffered broken vertebrae when a concrete block was dropped on him from above” (Tuttle, 2016). This is just one example of the violence that has been uncovered by media and shown to the rest of the country, with the Black Lives Matter name front and center. It was also reported that these protesters shouted crude and degrading things about the downed officers, in celebration. While …show more content…
Regardless of whether the Black Lives Matter movement is portrayed positively or negatively in the media, the attention of individuals not only in the United States, but all over the world, has been grabbed. Consciousness raising is just as important as actually achieve change for the Black Lives Matter movement, in that before the developers started the movement and masses of people started advocating, the topic of racism in today’s society was not talked about and to an extent even denied. While the movement has had violent moments, there is still potential to utilize respectful techniques to further their already fast-moving consciousness raising. Over the last few years, Google searches of the terms “police brutality” and “Black Lives Matter” are at an all-time high. Individuals are taking note of the protests and conversations happening around them and seeking information for themselves. John Walker writes, “…to at least some degree, search trends are an indicator of public consciousness…” (Walker, 2015). For a movement to gain supporters and to hopefully spark change, there must first be an understanding of the issue itself, which is attained through consciousness raising. Due to the fact that Black Lives Matter has been able to trigger discussion

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