The Black Lives Matter movement has taken social media and the news by storm. With many people sick and disappointed at the fact that racism is still alive and so clearly vivid in our society.
What is the BLM movement?
The Black Lives Matter movement was created in 2012 after the death of Trayvon Benjamin Martin, a 17-year-old African American from Miami Gardens, Florida, was fatally shot in what is believed to be a racially motivated crime although no conviction has been made. Martin was shot having been reported as looking suspicious when all he was doing was running errands to the local sweet shop. Strong public feelings about this situation resulted in the starting up the Black Lives Matter movement.
Black Lives Matter is an organization that was created to create awareness for the sudden increase in the killing of innocent black men by police officers.
What does the BLM movement aim to achieve?
The BLM movement organisation says that ‘#BlackLivesMatter is working for a world where Black lives are no longer systematically and intentionally targeted for demise.’
What are people opinions on the black lives movement?
The black lives movement has had a wide response from a variety of people. Here are some views on the black lives matter movement from our fellow colleagues;
Tamia- ‘I think every life matters and everyone should be equal. This has made me realise that there is still a high rate of racism in society.’
Tolu- ‘ This should not even be a thing. Why do we have to remind ourselves that black lives matter? All lives do matter; it’s upsetting that black people have to protest for their lives to be valued.’
Billie- ‘Black lives should be as equal to every other race. I don’t understand why it’s something that we have to protest to have our lives to be as important as everyone else’s. We are all children of God.’
Michelle- ‘Everyone is important, if people are too ignorant to understand then that’s their problem. Everyone should be respected and treated equally.