The Civil Rights Movement And The Black Lives Matter Movement

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In the wee hours of the night on February 26th 2012 a young African-American teen named Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in the town of Sanford Florida by George Zimmerman (Hoffman, 2016: 596). Though Zimmerman was eventually arrested and put on trial he was declared not-guilty by means of Self defense, a verdict that shocked the nation and was treated as a national shame by the country‚Äôs black community. In response three racial equality activists, Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi, started tweeting and sharing the hashtag #Blacklivesmatter, and from here a movement was born. This paper will argue that the tactics and organizational structure of the Black Lives Matter movement is a natural progression from the civil rights movement of the past. This paper will achieve that in the following ways. First it will provide historical context of both the civil rights movement and the Black Lives Matter Movement in order to situate the comparison, though these parts will be incredibly brief as an in depth analysis would take multiple books to write. Second, it will draw comparisons in tactics, organization, and goals between the two movements while also recognizing the contrasts. Finally, it will show how the failures of the civil rights movement necessarily led to the Black Lives Matter movement. For any …show more content…
Violence by former slavers and white supremacists skyrocketed, particularly by the Klu Klux Klan. Terror was the tool of choice to keep the freedmen in line so that would not try to achieve the new rights that had been given to them. All attempts were made to return blacks into slavery in everything but name, and these efforts were shocking effective (Smith, 2014: 104-105). Reconstruction failed, and led to Jim Crow, and the dawn of a new civil rights

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