The Black Lives Matter Movement Essay

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In today’s society, it is obvious that we still face racism and oppression. Something that we talk about historically happening, such as the civil rights movement, is very alive today. History is in a way repeating itself. Some may counter this argument and say “all lives matter”, but they cannot ignore the disproportionate injustice against African Americans today. If we study the Black Lives Matter movement, we can see that discrimination and oppression still exists, but there are constructive ways to deal with it. The Black Lives Matter movement brought the attention that discrimination is still existing today. With people like President Obama speaking on this issue, it is easy to see that even the most powerful people have been a victim of discrimination. In 2013, Trayvon Martin was murdered by George Zimmerman for being an African American boy who just looked a little too suspicious while walking home. President Obama released a statement on the matter in the Rose Garden saying, “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.” (“From Trayvon Martin to black Lives Matter”) Discrimination has always been something African Americans faced, but hearing this from the President of the united states not only awakened the African Americans’ but It sparked a movement in the nation. The hashtag “#blacklivesmatter” shortly became a trend worldwide after the Zimmerman and Trayvon case. Obama went onto say that, “There are very few African American men in this country who haven’t had the

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