Education

“Black Lives Matter” is a movement not a trend

 Tionna Mcneill   

CNN

Black Lives Matter” has rapidly become a world wide slogan, hashtag, and trending topic.

The Black Lives Matter Movement was created in response to the death of Trayvon Martin in 2012. Trayvon Martin was not only unarmed, but provoked and murdered by George Zimmerman, in 2012. 

Many students of Delaware State University commented on the Black Lives Matter Movement on social media and some expressed that they’re outraged and frustrated with the ongoing mistreatment against African Americans. The students have been showing their support of the Black Lives Matter Movement by posting videos via Instagram.

Delaware State University’s radio station has stated that they are in support of the Black Lives Matter Movement. The radio station gave students the opportunity to stand in solidarity, by creating a 8 minute video titled “DSU Speaks Up.’’

Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi

According to Issac Chotiner, from The New Yorker “The community organizers Opal Tometi, Patrisse Cullors, and Alicia Garza started the Black Lives Matter movement.”

Civilians are not only fed up with the ongoing police brutality, but have been protesting to show their frustrations. 

Washington D.C. has been one of the many hot spots where protests have been taking place. In June, the Mayor of the District of Columbia,  Elizabeth Bowser, had the statement “Black lives Matter” painted on 16th street, which leads to the white house. 

                                       

      Muriel Bowser

Many people were actually not as happy about the street painting, even those in support of the movement. According to some postings on social media, people believed that it was pointless and contradicting because many African Americans in the area still suffer and haven’t received any justice for the crimes committed against them. To many people, it seemed like the painting was just there because the Black Lives Matter Movement was constantly being talked about worldwide. 

Despite the fake outrage and support for the Black Lives Matter movement, many people have shown that they do in fact care about the lives being taken by those in authority and higher power and that they do want justice forthcoming. Celebrities have been using their platforms to speak up about police brutality, such as Taraji P. Henson, Lebron James, Zendaya Coleman, Tracee Ellis Ross, and many more. 

Many people killed by the police, such as Breonna Taylor, Trayvon Martin, Elijah McClain, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland and Philando Castile still have not received justice. Also there are many more African Americans who have not received justice, aswell or even national attention. It became evident that black lives did not matter to those that were supposed to protect and serve. The movement was created to honor and support black lives lost, not because those are the only lives that matter.

Categories: Education, Worldwide News

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