“Black Lives Matter! Black Lives Matter!” All of us have heard this phrase more recently than in the past with the protests that are currently happening throughout the United States. Most of us have some degree of knowledge about the Black Lives Matter movement, however there are many unanswered questions or misconceptions of this movement.
Initially, #BlackLivesMatter was created after the shooting of Trayvon Martin in 2012, where Martin was posthumously placed on trial for his own death and his killer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted. What started as a hashtag on social media founded by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi soon grew into a national movement against racial profiling, police brutality, and racial inequality. Today, it is organized into 38 chapters that come together in protest in various forms.
There are many misconceptions about the Black Lives Matter movement and many argue that the movement border terrorist activity. This is especially the case as our nation has become even more polarized than it has in the past. As the Black Lives Matter movement fight for all injustices toward black Americans in the United States, the level of violence has reached an all-time high.
Some students voice their opinions about the movement. Sophomore from Valencia High School, George Kim, told JSR, “I believe that the Black Lives Matter movement is an appropriate movement because everyone has the right to express their personal opinion especially on the terms of human rights.”
Whatever the opinion, it cannot be denied that the Black Lives Matters movement is stronger than ever since its inception but opposing groups have also gained much notoriety as well. Black Lives Matters is here to stay and they just might bring about the change they seek.