Black Lives Matter

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The start

  • "Black Lives Matter", -the rallying cry -against racist police violence.
  • Formed to campaign against racism-police brutality against African Americans.
  • Began by three black woman activists on social media
  • Twitter hashtag #blacklivesmatter
  • Reaction to an acquittal in July 2012-2014. (Trayvon Martin)
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What happened?

  • Outrage over an unarmed Florida teenager, Trayvon Martin
  • about 1,000 supporters who took the streets of New York and a petition
  • George Zimmerman fatally shot the African American, 17 year old high school student the night of February 26,2012 in Sanford, Florida, United States
  • Police said when they arrived Trayvon Martin was dead
  • Mr. Zimmerman's claim -he shot him in self defence after Trayvon attacked him from behind
  • Trayvon had no weapons,but the police accepted Zimmerman's claim that the shot was out of self defense
  • Witnesses say that Zimmerman started the whole thing by following Trayvon
  • Gained attention for protestering the deaths of other unarmed African Americans who died at the hands of police officers
CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley - DOJ opens probe into Trayvon Martin shooting

White Lives Matter

  • many racists across America have gone on a barnstorming campaign, posting the catch phrase White Lives Matter (WLM)

  • to counter a message believed playing a part in a systematic devaluing of white culture

  • even orchestrating what they call a “white genocide."

  • Donald Trump is the leader of the White Lives Matter movement. Someone had to start it — they were gettin’ out of control. First, one of them became president and now they’re in the streets protesting every time a Black thug gets shot. They’re gettin’ a little too free( Trump says)

coming undone-(black lives matter protesters even brought attention to presidents and candidates

  • "You are defending the people who killed the lives you say matter," foremer president Bill Clinton said
  • "I don't know how you would characterize the gang leaders who got 13-year-old kids hopped up on crack, and sent them out in the streets to murder other African-American children,"

  • "Maybe you thought they were good citizens -- she didn't."

  • Hillary Clinton was confronted by protesters this year over the use of the term

  • Clinton's campaign put out a statement saying she shouldn't have used those words

  • “Once you’ve highlighted an issue and brought it to people’s attention and shined a spotlight, and elected officials or people who are in a position to start bringing about change are ready to sit down with you, then you can’t just keep on yelling at them,” Mr. Obama said.


  • Hillarcy Clinton and Bernia Sanders individually met with Black Lives Matter activists to discuss policing reform and racial injustice
  • marked significant moments which helped recognize the movement as a national political force
  • Black women activists across the country lead a national campaign to fight for the recognition and respect all black women deserve but don’t always receive(#sayhername)-
  • fought to include black women and girls as part of the national conversation around both racial and gender inequality
  • Two months after Sandra Bland was found dead in her jail cell, local residents rallied together to demand her legacy live on
  • she died in police custody three days after she was arrested for traffic violation in Waller,Texas
  • August, local protesters rallied together and marched to the city council building to demand the road -where she was pulled over to be
  • renamed in her honor
  • request was approved and the road, originally named University Boulevard, was changed to Sandra Bland Parkway