#BlackLivesMatter did not start as a intricately thought out campaign. Days of brainstorming did not happen. It sprouted from passion and anger, unjust. In 2013, George Zimmerman was found not guilty of all charges relating to the death of an unarmed black teen, Trayvon Martin. The country was shocked. Alicia Garza took to Facebook to post about how black lives matter. This soon became a hashtag with the help of her friends, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi. Alicia Garza describes this movement as, “an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise.”
In 1966, a revolutionary black nationalist and socialist organization called The Black Panther Party created a 10-point platform. These points were requests that the party demanded be made immediately. Seventh on the list states, “We want an immediate end to police brutality and murder of black people, other people of color, all oppressed people inside the United States.” This reminds me of what is going on in our country today. Years later, many Americans flock to the streets protesting with #BlackLivesMatter written on signs. Black Lives Matter Movement was a way for people to express their thoughts as one, and act on them. Deep down, they are protesting against the same actions that were taken place years ago.
People say we study history to prevent it from repeating itself. The Irony is that the things we choose not to change will always come back. Systematically, racism has spread into the White House and every level of government. We will face another four years where no black man or woman will truly feel safe and where policy will directly make their lives worse. Now more than ever we need collective action that we will rally behind and a movement like BLM to help.