Why Do Black Lives Matter?

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If there is one thing that I have learned the most throughout this semester, it is to ask why. Not to sit and accept what I am told but to ask “So what?” and this is what brought me to this question. Why do black lives matter? Of course, the question could be answered by just saying that all lives matter but if that was the correct answer, then there would not be a problem. There are many ways to look at this question and many sociological concepts to apply to it and that’s what makes this particular question very intriguing. The “Black Lives Matter” movement started with numerous deaths of black individuals by the hands of the police force. Some of the shootings were said to have happened for valid reasons but that is a never ending controversy. Granted, these things have been happening for years and it is more or less just a momentary subject prompted by heavy media coverage, but why did the shootings even happen to begin with. It would be foolish to just sit and shout “It is become of racism!” because there is a better explanation other than that. There is a problem that has to be explained in some way. The problem is that African Americans have been killed by the hands of mostly white policemen and nobody seems to know how to give a rational reason. The three ways I am going to take explain this is through the eyes a functionalist, a conflict theorist, and symbolic interactionist along with a few other sociological explanations. A functionalist would most likely look

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