Further research on #black lives matter.
My audience – As this is issue affects almost everyone in our world, it should resonate and connect with all. This includes the minorities and the majorities among us. I hope my work speaks to many and becomes a two-way conversation, causing the viewer to question and examine the reality they live in.
Purpose – I aim to provoke thought and stimulate analysis of today’s justice systems as well as society’s norm. I aim to also gain in-depth knowledge on this seemingly contemporary movement. Emphasis on seemingly, as the inequality of African Americans projected by police, have been a prominent issue throughout history. I hope i can de-stigmatise the issue and bring about change.
Below is an interesting point made by a protester. Often the #blacklivesmatter movement can be seen as only caring about the African Americans within the U.S. but after research, they are really a representative collective which supports all unequal groups.
“Black Lives Matter: A Mini Deconstruction.” Odyssey. N.p., 24 Nov. 2015. Web. 01 June 2016.
Influential events to note leading up to the creation of the Black Lives Matter Movement.
The shootings of unarmed African Americans by authority figures in the U.S., especially the youth.
In particular, the Ferguson unrest following Michael browns death.
“Hands up, don’t shoot”
“I am Mike Brown”
Darren Wilson fatally shot unarmed Brown sparking existing tensions in the predominantly black city, resulting in civil unrest. The images below, exemplify the excessive force used on Brown. Wilson was not charged.
Trayvon Martin (unarmed) fatally shot by a neighbourhood watch volunteer, George Zimmerman.
“Ferguson Protests: What We Know about Michael Brown’s Last Minutes.” BBC News. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 June 2016
Interesting articles about the Ferguson unrest –
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/08/13/us/ferguson-missouri-town-under-siege-after-police-shooting.html?_r=1“Ferguson Unrest: From Shooting to Nationwide Protests.” BBC News. N.p., 10 Aug. 2015. Web. 01 June 2016.
Peggy Hubbard’s response to unrest in Ferguson – exemplifies the consequences and the negative side of the BLM movement.
Black civil right figures to take note of; #BLM is essentially is another civil rights movement.
Claudette Colvin – 15-year old student arrested for her refusal to give up a bus seat in 1955. Nine months earlier than Rosa Park’s refusal to give up a bus seat. I believe both Colvin and Park’s actions contributed to the Montgomery Bus Boycott, ending segregation on buses.
Ruby Bridges – First coloured child to desegregate an all-white public school in Lousiana during the New Orleans school desegregation crisis in 1960.
Martin Luther King – American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. Assassinated, April 4, 1968, Memphis, Tennessee, United States. King was the head of SCLC. He was also key in ending legal segregation of African-American citizens in the U.S (most notable in the South). As well as the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Thurgood Marshall – First African-American Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.
Repercussions of #BLM? YoungTurks response to Bill O’Reilly: Black Lives Matter is Killing Americans.
“race hustling” – systematic racism.
The importance of socioeconomic status among the coloured people of America.
Facts suggest unarmed shooting victims are more likely to be a minority.
“Millions of people think they are being hunted down by the police”.
- over policing
- stopped unnecessarily
This is not a race war – this is about people living in an unmilitarized country and not having to live in fear.
Police are public servants, they are a trusted with authority and power because they are allowed to make life or death calls. Thus meaning they have to hold a higher level of responsibility. “PROTECT AND SERVE”.
“Martin Luther King Jr.” Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 01 June 2016.