Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement: The Black Lives Matter Movement

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“Black Lives Matter”

Daily News reports that, “By a 2-to-1 margin, likely voters said they do not think the Black Lives Movement supports reforms to ensure all Americans are treated fairly under the law.” The recent rise of the Black Lives Matter movement sparks debates among all Americans, among all races, among all religions, and among all political parties. The current Black Lives Matter Movement, although influential among the African American community, cannot be considered the modern-day Civil Rights Movement because the movement uses violent tactics to achieve its goals, promotes false accusations about American law enforcement, and does not advocate for equality among all American citizens. Initially, the Black Lives Matter movement
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For example, many Americans, specifically caucasian, counter the Black Lives Matter movement with the phrase “All Lives Matter.” Many people believe that the “All Lives Matter” response to Black Lives Matter is racist and hateful; however, proponents of “All Lives Matter” have no racist intent, but rather, want to ensure equality and civility for all humans. Yes, black lives matter . . . but so do white lives, hispanic lives, Asian lives. Black and white just refer to the color of skin, not the mentality of someone. Yes, racism still exists, but the more people try to divide the races and voice their differences, the more the inequality among them deepens. Shelina Assomull of the Huffington Post explains, “The Civil Rights Act did not fix racism; this is a fight still seeping through the edges of our society. The law can’t fix a mentality, only we can. Black lives matter and all lives matter are the counterparts to their own messages because when black lives truly do matter they will not be black lives anymore, they will be [all] lives.” The Black Lives Matter movement simply advocates not for the equality of all races, but for the promotion of the black one. Many activists for the movement promote reverse racism, voicing racial biases against white people -- but these are often ignored by the media. Founder of a Black Lives Matter chapter in Toronto, Canada, Yusra Khogali tweeted a very racist and threatening message from her account on the day of a demonstration, tweeting, “Plz Allah give me strength not to cuss/kill these men and white folks out here today. Plz plz plz.” This not only racist but also terrorist-like plea to ‘Allah’ for the strength to ‘kill these men and white folks out here’ exhibits the internalized racism of the movement. If the founder of a Black Lives Matter chapter can say things like this and get away with it, then there is no telling

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