In 2012 a young man by the name of Trayvon Martin was murder by a neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman. Zimmerman was later acquitted on second-degree murder. What was Martin doing, you may ask? He was walking home (while black) from the store, rushing to get back home to watch a football game with his father. The outcome of this case was one that shocked the world.
Once the world saw Zimmerman walk away a free man, social media went crazy. The hash tag #BlackLivesMatter became a popular proclamation. People all around the world came together and started marching and committing to other acts that demanded change in our justice system and chanted “Black Lives Matter”. BLM matter soon became an organization that advocates for black and brown people many places across the globe. This movement has been a vital asset for the unlawfully killed black and brown individuals that no longer have a voice. So many unlawful deaths happen daily on the streets from law enforcement and citizens, but don’t always get news coverage. BLM created a platform to speak for those who no longer have a voice and fights for justice to be had for them.
Since the growth of the BLM movement, they’ve been celebrated by some and hated by others. Some have even categorized them as a hate or terrorist group, which makes a very strong statement about how black and brown people are looked upon when they stand up for themselves in America. For some white Americans, the sight of a group of black people doing anything good or bad scares them. Some just fear and stay silent, others, in fear, actively work to jeopardize whatever it is that the group is doing. The sight of black and brown people in America standing strong and fighting the system and demanding change has always been problematic in American history.
Since the murder of Trayvon Martin, Black Lives Matter has reached its peak and other times have had to defend its cause. However, if it weren’t for this organization, many black and brown people that were murdered unlawfully would have just been another unknown case. There is so much more I can say about this organization, but I believe their work speaks for itself and is honorable. As a black man, I appreciate what the BLM movement has done within the black and brown community. I’m very aware of the fact that I, too, can be a hash tag tomorrow with an unknown case. So to the Black Lives Matter Organization, I say thank you for knowing that I matter and reminding the world daily.