Understanding the #BlackLivesMatter Movement

#BlackLivesMatter because cisgender black men matter, transgender black women matter, disabled black people matter, little black girls matter, queer black boys matter, black lesbian women matter, straight black women matter, poor black men matter, black homeless people matter, single black mothers matter, black young men matter, mixed raced black people matter, black children matter, black babies matter, black families matter, black college students matter!!!!

Although we are grieving over the continuum of black male social death at the hands of police officers, remember that the #BlackLivesMatter is not just a hashtag, its a MOVEMENT that promotes the ending of systematic racism throughout all aspects of American Life. A movement started by 3 Black Queer Women, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi. In Garza’s own words, “Black Lives Matter is an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise. It is an affirmation of Black folks’ contributions to this society, our humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression”

If you want to learn more about the #BLACKlivesMatter movement, how the “All lives matter” hashtag is the theft of black queer woman’s work and more, please take the time to read this article that was assigned in Prof. Jasmine Johnson’s Black Feminist Thought class http://thefeministwire.com/2014/10/blacklivesmatter-2/

I include this link because it is SOOOOO important that whenever we engage in a movement, that we are not just doing so for social media attention. We MUST understand the socio-historical importance of the movement and why we must always give credit to those who started it. So please, read carefully #KnowledgeIsPower #IStandWithBaltimore #RacialSolidarity #BLACKLivesMatter