Essay on The Black Lives Matter Movement

883 Words Oct 16th, 2016 4 Pages
Starting in 2013 as a hashtag on twitter following the fatal shooting of teenager Trayvon Martin a movement known as Black Lives Matter began. It aims to inform the world of the goals to end police brutality and social injustice against black individuals. The movement has recently grown stronger due to the deaths of innocent and unarmed black people such as Eric Gardner, Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, Alton Sterling and many more. Although the movement, some might think is self-explanatory, there are many misconceptions surrounding it. My goal for this paper is to clarify some misconceptions about the movement such as that the movement doesn’t have a real purpose, that all lives don’t matter, or that it doesn’t care about black-on-black crime. Some may believe that the Black Lives Matter movement doesn’t have a real purpose. Some look at it as if it is just a bunch of people that are protesting for a change when there is not really anything that needs to be changed. That is wrong. The black lives matter movement goes beyond just protesting for a change. “The Black Lives Matter network, and others have made both clear and public lists of demands” (1). Some of the demands includes investigations of all police shootings, governmental tracking of number of citizen killed, disaggregated by race, and community accountability mechanisms for rogue officers (1). The movements purpose is to also “challenge white privilege and supremacy” (Bailey and Leonard 68). It wants to challenge white…

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