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Caldwell 1 Angelique Caldwell ENC-1102 Ms. Bendel April 14, 2017 Essay 5: Analyzing the BLM Movement Hands up! Don’t shoot! Imagine being black walking amongst the world in defense because you’re not suitable in the eyes of society. Think about being killed just for being black, then being convicted of your own murder. Most would think that law enforcement was enforced, to protect and serve the human race of the world, yet police officers have targeted many African American individuals, for unknown reasons. One can agree that racial discrimination between law enforcement and black America has been at an all-time high, and we have had enough. I agree with Charle Duhiggs notion of strong and weak ties during the Black Lives Matter movement because of the relationships shared between individuals for what caused the movement (Trayvon Martin Case), how the Movement started (three sisters), and how the movement became a success. Charles Duhigg does a great job analyzing these notions of strong and weak ties in his article “From Civil Rights to Megachurches”. It’s likely to note that just a single story, or a single person can create a movement so massive, to change the hearts and mindsets of others just by being in good standing with others. Duhigg explains that the success of the civil rights movement originated from the Rosa Parks story in his article “From Civil Rights to Megachurches”. This was because Parks was within good standing in the community (strong ties). Although Parks was not the only person to refuse to give up her seat to a white person, it received much more attention because of those strong ties, and the weak ties had come from those strong ties because people where encouraging others to boycott buses to help elevate the start of the Civil Rights movement. In order to create a
Caldwell 2 successful movement, you must appeal to others, and have a good relationship with those around you, because those strong and weak factors are what determines the fate of social issues. Duhigg also elaborates on how peer pressure can influence the mindsets of others, because if a vast majority of individuals, are participating in a certain activity and have the same views on a certain issue, then soon enough more will follow their lead, and a movement will be born. Duhigg explains how a movement is created by stating “A movement starts because of the social habits of a friendship and the strong ties between close acquaintances. It grows because of the habits of a community, and the weak ties that hold neighborhoods and clans together (Duhigg 87). Duhigg confirms this notion by relating it back to how the Civil rights movement was originated and how other movements and success came to be, due to strong and weak ties.

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