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Black Lives Matter: Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter is an ideological and political movement in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise.

What does Black Lives Matter mean?

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When we say Black Lives Matter, we are broadening the conversation around state violence to include all of the ways in which Black people are intentionally left powerless at the hands of the state.  We are talking about the ways in which Black lives are deprived of our basic human rights and dignity. #BlackLivesMatter is a movement that is working for a world where Black lives are no longer systematically and intentionally targeted for demise.  We affirm our contributions to this society, our humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression.  We have put our sweat equity and love for Black people into creating a political project–taking the hashtag off of social media and into the streets. The call for Black lives to matter is a rallying cry for ALL Black lives striving for liberation. Information was taken from .

Framing the Issue (Keywords)

Black Lives Matter Movement

Racism in the US in the 21st Century

White Privilege

Police Brutality

Racial profiling

Income inequality

Prison reform

Education in black communities

 The Media's Conflicted Coverage of Race

Revival of the Civil rights movement

Black communities: Does segregation still exist?

Black lives matter versus all lives matter

Race relations in America

Urban development and white flight

Justice system

Black power

Ongoing need for social change in the United States

Black America

Social justice

Institutional racism

Systemic oppression

Civil liberties

Black Women in Black communities, in the media, in America

Racism on College Campuses

LGBT in the black community


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These are the events that inspired the movement:

In the summer of 2013, after George Zimmerman's acquittal for the shooting to death of Trayvon Martin, the movement began with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter. The movement was co-founded by three black community organizers: Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi.

Following, on July 17, 2014, Eric Garner, a black, unarmed man, was fatally restrained with an apparent chokehold by Daniel Pantaleo, a white police officer, in Staten Island, NY. 

On August 9, 2014, 18-year-old Michael Brown, a black, unarmed man, was fatally shot by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, in Ferguson, MO.


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