With the countless deaths of black men and women at the hands of the police, a movement has taken force in our country that cannot be ignored. Black Lives Matter is a movement group that is fighting against police brutality of black people.
Here are four things you should know about the Black Lives Matter movement.
1. Black Lives Matter doesn’t mean it’s the only race that matters
The primary purpose of Black Lives Matter is to stand up and empower black lives simply and that they are no less than other races. The movement wants to be understood as their main point is that black Americans are at more risk than any other race when it comes to police interaction.
2. Black Lives Matter is a peaceful movement
In 2016 alone, we have seen countless incidents of black lives being murdered or assaulted in the hands of the police. For most people, the immediate response to Black Lives Matter is that “all lives matter.” While this is indeed true, it is not as well spoken in the interactions with police officers. The Black Lives Matter movement wants to chance the violence against officers and their society.
3. All races have joined the movement
People of all different races have joined the movement as they also want to stand up against treatment received in America. Allies of other races are fighting against discrimination.
4. Black Lives Matter is more than police brutality
Since force in social media has taken the awareness of the group, there has been a lot of criticism against them with very little information. Citizens are so quick to judge when all they understand is the protest against cops.
With all the chaos in the world we face today, racism shouldn’t be one of that. Repeating history is only leading us back into the past, when in fact, we should be standing against it.