The Black Lives Matter Movement

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While both are fighting for respect for a single human life, blacks are focused on the safety of their community while the whites are fighting to keep respect and gain safety. The Black Lives Matter movement, also known as BLM, has been occurring since 2013 when the #blacklivesmatter began trending on Twitter after the death of Trayvon Martin. This movement was not started to cause problems, but only as a support group for the African American community. As growth to the movement occurred, the retaliation levels jumped and African Americans began to attack the lives of white police officers while inciting riots in busy public places. Black Lives Matter is an unorganized abolitionist movement coming from the African American community that protests against the violence toward the black people. Through the view of a white man, black man, and a statistical view with no opinion the Black Lives Matter movement will be dissected and explained.
As the growth of the BLM movement has steadily increased in the past few months, so has the use of social media to spread the news. #BlackLivesMatter is a hashtag created by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi as a result of George Zimmerman’s trial and acquittal for the murder of Trayvon Martin. Again the hashtag started trending following the death of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. “On Saturday, August 9, 2014, at 12:03 p.m., Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teenager was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.”

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