Black Lives Matter Is An Activist Movement

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Erika Smith Bridgewater ENGL 1102-19 Prof. Dr. Jason Mosser September 22, 2015 #BlackLivesMatter In this essay I will discuss Black Lives Matter. Black Lives Matter is an activist movement that started in July 2013, when George Zimmerman, a 28-year-old mixed-race Hispanic man was proven not guilty in the Florida shooting death of African-American 17 year old teen Trayvon Martin. This movement fights against what it calls police brutality in the United States against African-Americans. The movement received incitement, from the two deaths of unarmed African Americans, teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and 43-year-old Eric Garner in New York City. The jury in both these cases did not indict the officer and no charges were brought on them. Several African-Americans such as; Tamir Rice, Eric Harris, Walter Scott, and Freddie Gray who died at the hands of law enforcement have had their deaths protested by the movement. In my opinion, an unarmed African-American can be gunned down without adequate reasoning and then left in the middle of the street on display for hours .It just seems like there is seemingly no justice for Black life in America. Black Lives Matter is being referred to as “a new civil rights movement” according to different media industries. However, this group is also being labeled the “hate group” by people who are conservative such as Elisabeth Hasselbeck. Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi and Crystal Rose Holmes are four black activists who
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