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Nguyen 1Yvonne NguyenProfessor Karl MeinerWR1224 December 2020Black Lives Will Always MatterOn February 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin died from a gunshot fired by a neighborhoodwatch member. Martin died after the shooter, George Zimmerman, phoned the police because thehooded-Martin appeared to be shady and suspicious. The officer instructed Zimmerman not tofollow Martin, but he did so anyway, which led to a seventeen-year-old African American boy’sdemise (Botelho np). This event led to the trending hashtag #BlackLivesMatter, created byAlicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi. The hashtag gained publicity and went viral; itgot pressed on clothing, signs, and posters for the marches and protests that conquered America.In a 2016 TedTalk featuring these three women, Tometi declares, “We need this because theglobal reality is that black people are subject to all sorts of disparities...” (TedTalk 2016). Theblack community remains a target of discriminatory behavior and is oppressed based on the colorof their skin. Black Lives Matter is a movement implemented to bring awareness and attention toblack lives in America. Black Lives Matter is more than a hashtag. Black Lives Matter is apositive social movement to convey power and influence to the black voices who remain a targetand seek to expose and reduce racism in America.To comprehend racism today, acknowledging the origin and timeline of discriminationagainst America’s black community is essential. According to Dr. Mike Cole, an educationprofessor, Africans arrived in America in the 1500s (Cole np). It was then where slavery spreadlike a plague of locusts, contaminating the south. Three-hundred years later, in 1865, President
Nguyen 2Abraham Lincon established the thirteenth amendment, finally freeing the African slaves (Colenp). Even though Lincoln released the enslaved, they continued facing the horrors of beingAfrican American because of their skin complexion. Cole says, “Between 1876 and 1965, anumber of Jim Crow segregation laws were passed that enforced segregation in all public places”(Cole np). The Jim Crow laws supported additional segregation between black and whiteAmericans, like black people’s inability to vote. This demonstrates racism has been a prominentissue in America for far too long now.There are more important dates to acknowledge to comprehend racism today. In 1966,the Black Panther Party rose to protect African American neighborhoods from police brutality(Duncan np). Garrett Albert Duncan, a professor of education and African American studies,says the Black Panther Party was a group known for their afros, black leather jackets, and fists inthe air to symbolize black power (Duncan np). In the early 1960s, four college students createdthe Civil Rights movement, which spread across cities, states, and immediately nationwide(Clayton np). Eventually, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965passed, making segregation illegal (Crosby np). Despite these monumental events,

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black community, black lives, Yvonne Nguyen

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