The Acquittal Of George Zimmerman For The Death Of Trayvon Martin

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Following the acquittal of George Zimmerman for the death of Trayvon Martin, Patrisse Cullers retweeted a friend’s Facebook status with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter. In collaboration with other friends they shared their experiences and stories on other social media platforms and subsequently created a socio-political campaign. Soon it became a powerful force of hashtag activism that is now an international movement that has more than 26 chapters globally. According to it founders the activist movement follows guiding principles that support “an ideological and political intervention in a world where black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise.” It was the emergence of a movement like this that destroyed the newly formed notion of a post-racial America. This notion was heavily influenced by the election of the United States’ first African American president, Barack Obama. Embracing intersectionality, #BlackLivesMatter was started by three black women, two of whom are queer and one who is Nigerian American. Drawing upon struggles of the past like the civil rights movement, a new leadership has arose that campaigns for black people with multi-faceted issues (transexual, immigrants, queer people, incarcerated people, millennials, people with disabilities) As the movement moves from strength to strength, it has opened up a new chapter of the black struggle in a time of volatile race relations. Moving from online into the physical world, the Black Lives
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