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Black Lives Matter
Transcript of Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter in Popular Culture
Black Lives Matters has worked it's way into the entirety of ideas, perspectives, attitudes, images, and other phenomena that are within the mainstream of a given culture and the emerging global mainstream of the late 20th and early 21st century. Heavily influenced by mass media, this collection of ideas permeates the everyday lives of the society.
In the summer of 2013, The idea came when the founders all responded similarly to the July 2013 acquittal of neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmerman for the murder of seventeen-year-old Trayvon Martin. Angered and deeply burdened by the verdict, one of the founders,Alicia Garza wrote a Facebook post which she titled “A Love Note to Black People” calling on them to “get active,” “get organized,” and “fight back.” For Garza, the injustice targeting black people was a disease called institutional racism that could not be defeated by just voting, being educated, and pulling oneself up with strapless boots. She ended by telling her readers that she loves them and that “Our Lives Matter, Black Lives Matter.”
I created #BlackLivesMatter with Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi, two of my sisters, 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 our society and also, unfortunately, our movements.
-Alica Garza, one of the founders of BLM
Black Lives Matter
How it all began...
From Hashtag to Movement
Words from Alicia Garza
Black Lives Matters in Politics
Size of Movement
"At least 1,901 Black Lives Matter protests and other demonstrations have been held in the past 976 days"
Black Lives Matter official Twitter account has 228,000 followers on Twitter.
Black Lives Matter over the Globe
In July 2016, a BLM rally was organized in Melbourne, Australia, in which 3,500 people attended. The protest also emphasized on the issues of mistreatment of Aboriginal Australians by the Australian police and government.
In July 2015, BLM protesters shut down Allen Road in Toronto, Ontario, protesting the shooting deaths of two black men in the metropolitan area—Andrew Loku and Jermaine Carby—at the hands of police. In September, BLM activists shut down streets in Toronto, rallied against police brutality, and stood in solidarity with marginalized black lives. Black Lives Matter was a featured part of the Take Back the Night event in
In late August 2016, the Toronto chapter protested outside the Special Investigations Unit in Mississauga in response to the death of Abdirahman Abdi, who died during an arrest in Ottawa. In September, Black Lives Matter Toronto criticized Pride Toronto for what it called years of "history of anti-blackness, and wanted to see it take action nine demands BLMTO issued at the parade."
On August 4, 2016, BLM protesters blocked the London Heathrow Airport in London, England. Several demonstrators chained themselves together and lay against the motorway leading to the airport. Ten people were arrested in connection with the incident. There were also BLM-themed protests in other English cities including Birmingham and Nottingham. The UK-held protests marked the fifth anniversary of the shooting death of Mark Duggan.
What is Black Lives Matter to me?