Persuasive Essay On Black Lives Matter

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Is the controversial act of “taking a knee” built on solid ground, or is it laid upon sandy soil? The subject has dominated the airwaves recently, from our living rooms all the way to the White House. Everyone has weighed in, so much so that it prompted me to take a look back at what the original reason for doing it was. Colin Kaepernick, an NFL quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, started the firestorm in 2016. He first wore socks depicting pigs in police uniforms during the preseason games, then he took to sitting during the national anthem, which eventually evolved to his “taking a knee” during the national anthem. Kaepernick explained his actions by saying: I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder (qtd. in Wyche). Kaepernick went on to explain that he was doing this in support of the activist group Black Lives Matter (BLM). The purpose of this essay is to look at three cases that catapulted the BLM movement and inform you of the facts of those cases. BLM has built its foundation on these three cases and the false information that was perpetuated regarding them. Many of the details that were unequivocally invalidated are still some of BLM’s ongoing mantra as if they were never proven wrong. A prime
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