The Death Of The Black Panther Member Essay

1521 Words Dec 8th, 2015 7 Pages
“It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.” Assata Shakur, a former incarcerated Black Panther member, states this in her autobiography. Shakur is the first woman to be listed on the FBI Most Wanted Terrorist list, with a reward for her capture at two million dollars. The Thirteenth Amendment of the United States abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, except as a form of punishment for a crime. For that reason, Shakur considers herself a twentieth century escaped slave. The founders of the Black Lives Matter organization were inspired by this quote for the significance, purpose, and message of their movement. Black Lives Matter was created after the death of Trayvon Martin, a young black teen who died at the hands of George Zimmerman, a white neighborhood watch volunteer. The uproar that caused this movement was that Zimmerman was ruled as innocent by the jury, even though there was evidence against him that proved he was guilty. When #BlackLivesMatter became a trend in social media many people who sided with Zimmerman retaliated with “All Lives Matter.” Black lives matter does not exclusively mean other race lives do not matter, but they are in fact bringing rise to the issue that is centered on the oppression of black lives in the twenty-first century. While the All Lives Matter movement appears to include all races, their motives dismiss the original Black…

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