Independence is delightful, having a land where one can embrace the very kind of oneself is freedom. Being able to see that self through others alike and those unlike yet respecting and loving the very existence is justice for ones actuality served right. But is that justice really going out for all, for we have come to learn that racism is now evolving through new outlooks and reforming once again. Which is why we should all have the knowledge of the black lives matter movement.
Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter is a chapter-based national organization working for the validity of Black life, working to (re)build the Black liberation movement.
“This is Not a Moment, but a Movement.” Say the movement activists.
Black Lives Matter was created in 2012 after Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted for his crime, and dead 17-year old Trayvon was later placed on trial for his own murder. Rooted in the experiences of Black people in this country who actively resist our dehumanization, Black Lives Matter is a call to action and a response to the virulent anti-Black racism that permeates societies. Black Lives Matter is a unique contribution that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of Black people by police and vigilantes.
Black Lives Matter affirms the lives of Black queer, disabled folks, black-undocumented folks, folks with records, women and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. It centers those that have been marginalized within Black liberation movements. It is a tactic to (re)build the Black liberation movement.
What Does Black Lives Matter Mean?
When it’s said Black Lives Matter, They are broadening the conversation around state violence to include all of the ways in which Black people are intentionally left powerless at the hands of the state. Talking about the ways in which Black lives are deprived of basic human rights and dignity.
Black Lives Matter is working for a world where Black lives are no longer systematically and intentionally targeted for demise. It affirms contributions to this society, our humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression. They have put their sweat equity and love for Black people into creating a political project–taking the hashtag off of social media and into the streets. The call for Black lives to matter is a rallying cry for ALL Black lives striving for liberation.
Black Lives Matter Founders
Black Lives Matter was created by Alicia Garza with Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi, as a call to action for Black people after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was post-humously placed on trial for his own murder and the killer, George Zimmerman, was not held accountable for the crime he committed. It was a response to the anti-Black racism that permeates the black society and also, unfortunately, movements.
Greatest misconception on the movement
All Lives Matter
Racism is the belief that one group is inherently superior to another and the institutions that function as such. Black Lives Matter is not saying that all lives don’t matter or that other people’s lives aren’t as valuable as African Americans’ lives. It is arguing that because of systemic racism (dating back to the implementation of the Black Codes during Reconstruction) blacks disproportionately have deadly encounters with cops, and the public needs to care about the lives lost.
Black Lives Matter is now a global cause.
As events in recent days show, the language and politics of the Black Lives Matter movement have tremendous global echoes. Solidarity protests took place in Britain, Germany, the Netherlands and Canada.
Ever since the Black Lives Matter movement took off in the United States in the past few years, it has found support overseas. Student activists in South Africa recently marched on a U.S. consulate in Cape Town.
And World Views followed the connections between Black Lives Matter protesters and those
Challenging the Israeli state.
Activists on either side of the world began connecting. As the Ferguson protests intensified, Palestinians reached out to those on the streets of the troubled St. Louis suburb. Some even offered advice over how to deal with tear gas. (In both instances, the canisters fired by Israeli and American police were U.S.-made.) In April, Ethiopian Israelis protested police brutality in Jerusalem by reportedly chanting “Baltimore is here!”
“The black struggle against white supremacy is a global struggle, I think it’s my duty to not just fight within Chicago but also to learn about the movement here and make the movement … more accessible to people around the globe.” says Cosette Hampton, a protester outside the Cape Town consulate and a student at the University of Chicago..
Also in In Ireland, hundreds of people gathered on for protest rallies in Cork, Dublin and Galway.
A group called the Black Liberation Collective helped students at other schools make demands of their own. More than 70 colleges joined the protests, which became known as the Student Blackouts. “It didn’t come out of thin air,” explains Zellie Imani, an activist and math teacher from Paterson, N.J., who helped convene conference calls and distribute templates so that student groups had the tools to petition administrators. “Everything that happened was very coordinated and organized.”
What Do They Want?
The movement, at its most obvious level, wants the disproportionate level of state violence against black people to stop. Beyond that, the movement also says it wants all systematic and intentional targeting against all people to stop.
WHY BLACK LIVES SHOULD MATTER TO EACH OF US?
Our very land Africa been independent for over ages now, free from both emotional and physical suppression. But then again when we stop and comprehend, our land is free for sure, but are all the people free? Our fellow brothers and sisters sharing our colors, our identity, our names? , while many of us get to enjoy the freedom on our own land, those overseas are still being bullied for the identity representing us Africans. For all that reason, even if we are on our hometown where our identity is being praised and where we can all be proud for it, we should still be reaching out, to those in need of our votes, we should be sending our heartfelt cries for those in desperation of our voices, we must all stand together on grounds to unearth the wrongdoing that is being done to all our brothers and our sisters behind the curtains where fairness, justice and equality is falsely being cast for all the world to enjoy the lies without realizing what’s behind the scene.