The Black Lives Matter Movement

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Black Lives Matter Movement

A close examination of the online representation of a fringe community or counterculture would be the Black Lives Matter movement. The Black Lives Matter movement is a community in America that has represented itself after all of the many innocent African American lives that have taken by law enforcement and the Caucasian male who went into the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and opened fire on the members of the church. The Black Lives Matter movement has become a worldwide movement for those of the African American culture. According to the website, blacklivesmatter.com, “This is Not a Moment, but a Movement. #BlackLivesMatter was created in 2012 after Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted for his crime, and dead 17-year old Trayvon was post-humously placed on trial for his own murder. Rooted in the experiences of Black people in this country who actively resist our de-humanization, #BlackLivesMatter is a call to action and a response to the virulent anti-Black racism that permeates our society. Black Lives Matter is a unique contribution that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of Black people by police and vigilantes” (blacklivesmatter.com). A personal example I can provide was when I saw the movie “Straight Outta Compton.” This movie showed scenes of the police beating an African American male who was not doing anything wrong. The Caucasian policeman just thought he had the right to treat the

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