Analysis Of Power: The Black Lives Matter Movement

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There are many different forms of power and many different ways in which power can be acted out. Power also affects people in many different ways depending on their position related to that power. An issue that I find important and would like to learn more about is the Black Lives Matter movement and the many circumstances that interact with this movement. Through writing this essay I wish to analyze power in a different stance than I have before and expand my knowledge on how this can be added in important life circumstances. Recent events have brought racial justice or injustice to my attention. This class has given me the knowledge to look at controversial issues in society through a lens of power. When an individual does not look at a …show more content…
Arguments involving the police force have been difficult for me to comprehend due to what I have been taught by family and society. Police brutally is not a new concept, but excesses force from police has always been a problem with most often black people or inferior groups of people calling for change. The BLM movement was not created to enact violence on any individual. Being violent towards others is not how the Black Lives Matter wants to create change and it is also a movement against violence. After many years of mistreatment by majority in society black individuals decided that enough is enough and they needed to publicize the problem. After Trayvon Martin’s death in 2012, black individuals came together and enacted collective power. They used the power of the people to bring to light to issues such as police brutality against inferior groups. Another reason why the BLM movement is so public is because such a large group was formed form people who relate to the circumstances that are being argued and it is not just black individuals. The Black Lives Matter movement is an example of autonomy, meaning that they rule themselves and make their own decisions for their organization and this shows the collective power of the group. In reaction to most protest against government and those ruling, state power will be used. State power enacts violence to repress the threat of autonomy …show more content…
Police brutality in some cases can still be seen, but also black individuals are starting to kill police officers which was not the intention of the movement. Also protesting against the National Anthem had brought divided reactions and opinions. Football player Colin Kaepernick decided to sit during the National Anthem because he said he would not stand “to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color” (edition.cnn) Many people were outraged because for them the flag and the national anthem is a symbol of pride in your country and also represents all the men and women who have sacrificed their lives for the safety if this country. Many believe that Francis Scott Key had different meanings when writing the National Anthem because he also owned salves. “Some interpretations of the lyrics contend Key was in fact taking pleasure in the deaths of freed black slaves who had decided to fight with the British against the United States”. (edition.cnn) The football player understood why some families might be offended so instead of sitting he took a knee to still protest, but also to respect the other side if the protest. This is an example of how the Black Lives Matter protest can be acted out instead of using force and violence against each other because that calls and results in no change for the

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