It was just another night, when he was walking to his father’s fiancee’s house after purchasing some goods at a nearby store to The Retreat at Twin Lakes in Stanford, Florida.
Trayvon Benjamin Martin, a 17 year old African-American from Miami Gardens in Florida was brutally shot dead after he was ‘suspected’ to be responsible for the end number of robbery cases in the area that year. It was Zimmerman who reported the police immediately after he spotted in the boy walking by. Even though the police had restricted Zimmerman to take any action, he followed Martin on foot and shot him fatally on his chest.
It was only later in July 2013, after the national media focused on the murder that he was charged of second degree murder and manslaughter.
The same year, an excruciating crowd showed their anger and worry through social media using the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter. The founders, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi, expanded the campaign to a national project involving a large group of people, after the death of two African Americans in 2014.
There has been a turmoil of misconceptions about the movement and some of the many include that it :
Is Anti-White people | Even though the motive behind the movement was to end the cruelty towards African Americans and people with a darker skin tone, it did not have an intention to suppress the white majority in the United States. The campaign only worked towards establishing the right for equal treatment in professional careers and personal lives. Towards, safety, education and protection of good quality of life for the blacks.
Is Against Police Officers | The movement have been reporting against the police officers in the United States for killings of black people, mistreatment and of portraying a racial discrimination against the blacks in the criminal justice system of the United States. According the the founders, the campaign does not encourage or support any kind of killings of police officers. the motive is purely to gain a right to freedom and equal legal facilities. BLM is on a constant race to make the system believe that, criminal offences can be done by anyone and blacks are not to be suspected without any evidence just like others.
Doesn’t have a leader | BLM is a movement that focuses of bringing up every black lives without the fear of having to face the stares and blames of any people. Without having the need to prove to every legal system that in-spite of the color of their skin, they have done no crime. Alicia Garza says, in this campaign every person it a leader. Every person is on a mission. A mission to prove that all of us are humans, regardless of your race, religion, caste, color and creed.
The Black Lives Matter campaign has also faced a lot of criticism over time.
It was supposedly called a ‘Anti-American’ movement by the former New York City Mayor, Rudy Giulliani. Rudy said that it created racial tension between the people and encouraged them to not co-operate with each other and divided their interests. “What those comments show me is that the former mayor doesn’t understand racism, the comments are not rooted in fact.” replied the co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Alicia Grazia.
There were also allegations that BLM showed major sexism in their moves. Professor and Civil Rights Advocate, Kimberle Crenshaw, one of the women within the BLM campaign favored the cases of black men killings over black women. The Trayvon Martin and Micheal Brown killings apparently had more protests than Kayla Moore and Rekia Boyd killings. ‘Say Her Name’ was founded in response to the same, focusing and ensuring rights for black women killings.
The foundation of such movements shows how much more are we left to progressing in life as humans. We have come to a phase in our life where there are robot cooks and flying cars yet our minds and mentally to grow is malnourished.
To everyone who faces racism, I say deep from my heart, to push your limits and polish your talents and skills. We live in a world where, from a man who fought to make his dream of Anti-Apartheid come true in 1948 to the African American who took over the presidency chair of the world’s largest economy in 2009 to 2017.
What is stopping you?