The Effects Of The Black Lives Matter Movement

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The Black Lives Matter movement started in response to unaccounted police shootings of African Americans. In addition to the problem of police brutality, BLM aims to publicize and challenge the ongoing racial discrimination and degrading of Blacks (“About”). The Police Lives Matter movement points to the deaths of police during duty and the difficulty of the job (“Our Mission”). Similarly, the All Lives Matter movement protests that BLM is exclusive of the value of other groups. Both ALM and BLM movements counter and weaken the BLM movement by arguing that Blacks are not differently treated compared to other races or groups. Thus, they divert attention away from the discussion of race to the obvious point that all lives matter. However, racial …show more content…
The results further disadvantage African Americans by bringing them down and or blocking way to opportunities. African Americans graduate less than whites, have more difficulty getting job because of their names, receive less serious medical attention, and find more distorted and diminished representations in media. Regardless of their economic status, Blacks’ receive less respect (Ketchum) because of a perceived low social status. The effects are interconnected among these spheres. One study finds that higher black mortality rates results in lower black political representation, power, and policies (Purtle). If mortality rates were equal among the races, Purtle estimates that there would have been more democratic votes in the 2004 election. The results are also influenced by restrictions to voting by people with criminal history. The higher rates of deaths and incarceration due to police racial biases also has similar results in decreasing the expression of political and civil rights of blacks and also increasing poverty among their familes or after they leave prison…Compare to Police …show more content…
PLM demonstrations has brought some discussion about police killings and trust issues and also raised charities for police families (“Our Mission”). ALM was not active in bringing awareness of white, native American, Latino or other killings to media attention (Wing). Both groups deliberately gathered in response to weaken the BLM movement. Their counterarguments have made BLM’s work more difficult by bringing discussions about anti police sentiment, danger of police work, and devaluation of police and other lives. If these counter groups did not arise, then BLM would most likely be more efficient in bringing a focused discussion and more support in changing perceptions and bringing equality to black lives. Today PLM and ALM has slowed down BLM, but does BLM have potential to become stronger to collaborate and bring social and political

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