The Black Lives Matter Movement

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Racism is one of the most sensitive subjects being debated on a daily basis in the United States. It is also a subject that will always prove to be relevant for years to come. Throughout its short history, racism has played major roles in the development of this nation – from the slave trade days of the early 1600s up until the Black Lives Matter movement of today.

The Black Lives Matter movement was created in 2012 after the murder of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman who was later acquitted of his crime. The movement was small; however, it did gather some national attention, but nothing significant. All that had changed in just over two years when a young black man named Michael Brown was shot dead in Ferguson, Missouri, by Darren Wilson, a white police officer. The event sparked outrage and protest locally, then spread nationwide soon after. The Black Lives Matter movement had gained huge momentum as a result of this event. It then went into a full swing, and still continues until today.

According to its website, Black Lives Matter is “a chapter-based national organization working for the validity of Black life. We are working to (re)build the Black liberation movement.” There are many more persuasive and idealistic statements on its web site, however, it fails to describe the plan to achieve all of its objectives. As stated, the movement itself appears to have good causes in promoting equality and integration of all races - its actions, however, seem to suggest

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