The Black Lives Matter Movement

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In the wake of the 2014 grand jury decision to not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the death of eighteen-year-old Michael Brown, social media activists from around the world vented their anger and sadness about the result with the Black Lives Matter hashtag. While there were many documented cases of police brutality before Michael Brown’s death, this was the one that truly popularized the Black Lives Matter Movement (Acosta). The Black Lives Matter movement is “working for a world where Black lives are no longer systematically and intentionally targeted for demise” (About), as well as highlighting the contributions Black lives have made to society. Media have a strong influence on the way American citizens view the Black Lives Matter movement. Traditional media have different views than social media do as well. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the Black Lives Matter movement and how media change the way people look at it. Media can also responsible for spreading fabricated claims about the group that hurts their name. And because big names sometimes distribute the fictional information, more people are likely to believe it. Besides forming the movement, media have also spread awareness on the issues and led to more people educating themselves. The increased coverage on the topic on social media sites brings the issue to the forefront of millennial minds. The movement has also shown that injustice’s like Michael Brown’s happen more than one would

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