The Black Lives Matter Movement

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When looking at current social movements it is important to understand how race, class, and the current political sphere intersect with current social environments. Because we have movements that are focused on systemic/longstanding social issues it is important to understand how decisions are made in reaction to these systemic problems and how public opinion is effected by them. The interplay between public opinion, culture, and political decisions are observed in each of the following articles. By looking at the Black Lives Matter movement, Occupy Wall Street, and articles analyzing how political movements affect political change, we hope to deepen our understanding of how social movements affect social interaction, which ultimately affects policy decisions in this country. The Black Lives Matter movement was created by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi in response to the killing of Trayvon Martin. “Black Lives Matter is an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise. It is an affirmation of Black folks’ contributions to this society, our humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression.” (Garza 2014) Since its inception, the movement has been co-opted for media sensation and other movements attempting to gain fame through the established name or to remove the significance of Black Lives Matter and its representation of black specific oppression in this country. It

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