The question that my discussion focuses on.
What does #blacklivesmatter communicate about our global society?
New Direction – Rather than focussing on two topics; police interference and brutality. I have now realised the areas needing to be covered would be much too vast and demanding to gain in-depth knowledge about both in such a short period of time. Thus, leading to my new direction – primarily focussing on police brutality, in particular, the #Black Lives Matter movement. I have chosen this movement as it is a very current and significant issue in our contemporary world today.
The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement is important as it provides clear evidence of the discrimination and inequality against African Americans within the States. The movement seeks to diminish the unequal treatment of those deemed “less worthy”. Movements such as BLM are present to this day in an effort to raise awareness for discrimination and fascist ideals which burden our era. Often the #blacklivesmatter movement is seen as an exclusive movement only supporting a select minority – African Americans within the U.S. However, BLM is a representative collective which supports all unequal groups. BLM brings forth the ever growing problem of racism and power abuse, especially in the ranks of police authorities towards minorities. The consequences of power misuse and ill handling is exemplified in the deaths of African Americans such as Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin.
“TIME’s new cover: The Roots of Baltimore’s Riot. The city’s eruption follows decades of systemic failure. Photograph by Devin Allen.” @Times Instagram caption.
Devin Allen’s Baltimore Riots photograph links the similarities between America today and America 1968 (Civil Rights Era). It brings into light, the civil right movement is reforming right at our doorstep. Once again, the people will take to the streets to speak for those who cannot, the people of the city will seek justice for those who did not have the opportunity to protect themselves.
Baltimore’s population in 2013 was 63.3 percent black according to the U.S. census, taking into account this statistic, the violent protests clearly tell an important story about the people. The majority of Baltimore do not feel safe and protected, addressing the significant problem of racism throughout the police and general society will help bring ease to those living in fear. The #blacklivesmatter movement supports free living and seeks social reform within all societies, Baltimore is simply its birthplace, as it grows and gains more media coverage, the impacts of BLM can be seen throughout on a global scale.