In my (Kali) own home county, riots ensued throughout the town of Costa Mesa, which neighbors my hometown of Newport Beach, on April 26th. Although I was not there in person, I witnessed these riots via numerous videos, texts, Snapchat stories, and pictures my friends at home had sent me. It was violent and it was not peaceful. It made me wonder, how can such a hate-filled riot occur? Only when a person filled with hate is truly feared of holding power. What does this say about us?
“At Berkeley High School, about 1,500 students — half the entire student body — walked out of class after first period began at 8 a.m., Berkeley Unified School District officials said.” -http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-protest-trump-20161109-story.html
Many millennials are upset over the results of this election, and are taking it into their own hands to make a stand.
Black Lives Matter is a national organization that works for the validity of Black lives. The movement was created in 2012 after George Zimmerman, the murderer of Trayvon Martin, was acquitted for the crime and Martin was placed on trial for his own murder, according to the Black Lives Matter website. The conversation for the movement focuses on the ways that Black people are left powerless by the state and are deprived of basic human rights.
Some of the positive aspects of the movement include bringing awareness to police brutalities, showing that racism is still present today, and bringing unity within Black communities. Because of the unity within the Black communities, there is no discrimination towards a person for religion, gender, sexuality, disability, or financial status. One of the misconceptions about this movement is that it is hate driven, however the driving force for the movement is actually the want for equality.
Another positive aspect of the Black Lives Matter movement is that it has really helped illuminate the necessity of protests. As we recently learned in this class, the uprising of social media and “clicktivism” has really made it hard for people to make a difference with their voices because it has become so easy to just say what you think in 150 characters on a tweet. Protests are a form of activism that can benefit causes because it provides tangible experiences for people to express their views. Protests are important to the Black Lives Matter movement because it combines unity within the black community and these advocacy experiences.
According to The Washington Times, “the White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the Black Lives Matter protests— as long as they are peaceful — could help bring reforms in police departments.” Seeing as the Black Lives Matter movement gets much of it’s presence due to the current events circulating police brutality, it’s logical that protests by Black Lives Matter followers would help bring such reform.