The Black Lives Matter Movement Essay

717 Words Sep 28th, 2016 3 Pages
In the year 2016, you would think that by now, racism targeted towards people of color would be non-existent. Unfortunately that is not the case. Racism towards many people, especially people of color, seems to be becoming more prevalent as time goes by. Many wrongful murders have been exposed in the media and it has become a huge problem for the people of the United States. For this reason, the Black Lives Matter Movement was started and is expanding in popularity as each day goes by. The Black Lives Matter movement is about bringing justice to those who have been wrongfully done, unifying a community, and raising awareness across the country. Black Lives Matter (BLM) is a movement that got its roots after a man named George Zimmerman, shot and killed a 17-year-old black male, and then was found innocent in the trail against him. The founders of BLM banded together in 2012, with the hopes of bringing attention to the mistreatment and racial belittlement that takes place in the black community. Alicia Garza, one of the co-founders of BLM wrote the iconic words, “Black Lives Matter,” in a Facebook post. Patrisse Cullors, another co-founder of the movement saw Garza’s post and began putting a hashtag in front of the words. Opal Tometi, then contacted Garza and Cullors, to get them to come together and create principles for the evolving movement (Craven). They began using social media to bring attention to the movement.

According, to the Black Lives Matter official website,…

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