On February 26, 2012 Trayvon Martin, a 17-year old African American from Florida, was killed; a few weeks later, a new civil rights movement arose from the ashes.
In response to the public outcome riots, protests, rallies and marches took place all over the nation, but most significantly, Black Lives Matter, a civil rights movement, had been created.
Creators, Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi, and Alicia Garza created the movement as a call for action and response to Anti-Black racism. But Black Lives Matter isn’t only a movement, it is also a place where they recognize African-Americans’ contributions to society, culture and everyday life.
Black Lives Matter focuses on state violence and how many African-Americans feel powerless against the government. But this movement not only affects the black community but as well as other minorities such as Hispanics and Asians. Many minorities are affected by Black Lives Matter and are inspired to join the movement because they face many of the same problems.
Although, Black Lives Matter speaks out about racial injustice, it can also shut out other problems minorities face. This happens because most of the time the media focuses on the conflicts between African-Americans and white people. Therefore, many minorities aren’t aware of racial injustices inside of their race group and aren’t able to stand up for their own ethnicity,culture and heritage. Such as, when Philando Castile was shot by a police officer, the day before Castile’s death, Melissa Ventura was shot by two sheriff’s deputies.
Black Lives Matter has also raised awareness for racial injustice, oppression of minorities, police brutality against African-Americans/minorities and police killings.