It all started back in 2013 when Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African American boy from Miami Gardens, Florida was murdered. In the evening of 26th February 2013 when Trayvon was passing by a nearby convenience store, a man named Zimmerman, who was a member of the community watch, without any evidence suspected Trayvon and reported him to Sanford Police and a few minutes later Zimmerman murdered Trayvon by shooting in his chest.
Later in 2013, Black Lives Matters was founded in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. The Black Lives Matter Foundation became a global organization with headquarters in the US and bases in the UK and Canada. Their mission is to make the world a safe place for the black communities and to build local power to eradicate violence inflicted on them by anyone. They are a group of liberators who believe in inclusive growth of society and protests against any kind of exclusion that is related to black life in any corner of the world.
The Black Life Matters movement gained international attention and returned to national headlines during the international George Floyd protest in 2020. George Floyd was a 46-year-old, African American man who was killed by a Minneapolis Police Department officer during an arrest, Derek Chauvin a police officer, knelt on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes straight, while other three officers did nothing.
The ongoing series of protests and civil unrest began on May 26, 2020, in Minneapolis in the United States, these protests were happening in response to the killing of George Floyd. Approximately 15 to 26 million people took part in 2020 Black Lives Matters protests all across the United States of America, this made Black Lives Matters one of the largest protests and movements in US history.
Over the past seven years, the popularity of Black Lives Matters has shifted rapidly across the globe, in June 2020 Pew Research Center found that the majority of people and especially American from all racial and ethnic groups expressed their support for the Black Lives Matters movement. Floyd’s murder ignited the wave of global protest against all type of racism and colourism, the Black Lives Matters protest demanded reforms in the police department by Trump’s administration and equal life opportunity to Black American.
The 15 million tweets between May 27th to June 4th, made a single scary, eight-minute moment into a global movement which added spark in the Black Lives Matters movement, the social media traffics strongly centered on George Floyd gave the wide reach to Black Life Matter movement and association. The movement spread out geographically and unexpectedly the whole world joined hands for the justice of George Floyd and all black lives.
The Black Lives Matters movement has changed the way for Americans to ask for freedom and challenge the government. The impact of this movement is very diverse. It is now changing the process and phrases of debate over racism and inequalities that are faced by African American each day. It has also challenged the American police reformers and argues for the government policies that could protect blacks from any short of inequalities. Questions are now being raised on the political representation of blacks and especially black women in American politics. The dynamics of the Black Lives Matters movement has changed, now it’s not just about the black lives but more about the American people vs. policies and American youth vs. racism. Now it’s a matter of concern whether or not Trump could take this new multi-racial coalition forward or not. The United States shares the maximum number of multiracial societies and this included African Americans, Latinos and Asian Americans, the Black Lives Matters movement is not just about the protection of black people from regressive and non-friendly policies of American government but it is also about the identity security of all racial groups that are present in the United States of America. As the presidential elections are coming up in the USA, the Democrats and Republicans are doing their best to include friendly policies in their election manifesto; the impact of Black Lives Matters has raised several questions on the existing public policies on racial grounds. Equality on racial grounds is the new base of American policy reforms and it is now taking American society towards a new era of social change. The Black Lives Matters movement is now shaping American politics and policies, in which the black community holds the special representation and security, at the democratic process.
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