Black Lives Matter

The “Black Lives Matter” movement has easily become one of the biggest social justice movements in recent years, and only continues to increase in size and impact.

Although the social movement has received its roots from the Civil Rights Movement, it was officially created after the death of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old black teenager who was shot and killed by a security guard named George Zimmerman, who received no sentencing for the murder. After Zimmerman was determined not guilty, protests erupted around the country with claims that the country’s judicial system was severely flawed, racist, and anti-black.

Since then, multiple cases have arisen that have involved the killing of black individuals, usually by figures of the law, such as police officers and military personnel. Some of these events include the shooting of Michael Brown (which led to severe unrest and multiple riots in Ferguson, Missouri), the killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, and the unsettling case over the death of Eric Garner.

The basis of the BLM movement is to protest the stigma against black people, mainly black youth, and the social targeting that black people are faced with by the law.

At the University of Nevada, Reno, there is are several organizations that deal with social justice and support for black individuals, where members discuss black issues and plan events that can raise awareness about these issues. These organizations include the Black Student Organization, A.B.L.E. Women’s Club, and S.O.A.M. (Sisters on a Move).