Blacklivesmatter Movement: Social Media Analysis

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Do lives need to be lost before people fought for civil rights? 1,134 African Americans have died at the hands of law enforcement officers in 2015 ( Swaine, Laughland, Lartey, and McCarthy). A Movement #BlackLivesMatter was created in 2012 after Trayvon Martin 's murderer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted of his crime. Trayvon Martin wasn’t the only African American who was murdered and had his death erupt with riot and protest. Eric Garner, Michael Brown, and Sandra Bland are others whose deaths were commemorated with protests. Eric Garner was put in a chokehold by a police officer and witnesses claim he said “I can’t breathe” eleven times. Garner was declared dead at the police station. Michael (Mike) Brown was shot while raising his hands …show more content…
Riots are mainly identified with the #blacklivesmatter movement. Riots contain hateful speeches and profanity, demonstrating they are not taking the oppression anymore. Although the movement started with protest and not riots the media tends to focus on riots luckily protests are no longer just on the streets making demonstrations but also on social media spreading awareness. #AllLivesMatter was a controversial topic on social media and through it good intentions it, however, fails to bring attention to the African-American victims of police brutality and put an end to the white supremacy that controls them. #BlueLivesMatter is defending police by granting them protection from a hate-crimes as put their lives on the line every day and deserve protection, but the job is expected to come with many dangers but still the government prefers to protect them instead of the citizens. The #whitelivesmatter campaign comes across as racist and inconsiderate and may never count as a true campaign however it’s still a threat as it destroys the entire purpose of the #blacklivesmatter movement. All these campaigns caused the #blacklivesmatter to be negated and is now starting to disappear. Although the activist won’t let the movement die off, however, it is already disappearing. When will this movement finally succeed? When will the movement that has been fighting for their rights since they set foot on this land succeed? When another young African American dies? Haven’t enough lives been lost? Each time another life is lost everything gets worse. Right now the match is being struck, but only sparks fly one, however, all it takes is one spark to start a flame that can’t be

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