Black Lives Matter (BLM) is an international human rights movement, originating in the African-American community, that campaigns against violence and systemic racism towards black people. The BLM holds protests speaking out against police killings of black people, broader issues such as racial profiling, racial inequality in the United States and police brutality.
At the end of May 2020, galvanized on by a rash of racially charged events, major protests were held around the United States, due primarily to the police killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. George Floyd, a black man, was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. During an arrest, Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, kept his knee on the side of Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes while Floyd was handcuffed and lying face down. During the last three minutes, Floyd was motionless. This is racism between a black man and a white man that violates human rights. The Black Lives Matter was organized rallies in the United States and around the world from May 30.
This is my simple artwork that I’m part of their community to stop the violence against black people or racism. We are all equally created by our creator. We need to raise this and need your full support to stop this kind of violence against black people. Let us stand together to fight for our rights to be free and no judgements in this world.
Movements and Counter-Slogans
“All Lives Matters”
According to Wikipedia, the phrase “All Lives Matter” sprang up as a response to the Black Lives Matter movement, shortly after the movement gained national attention. Several notable individuals have supported All Lives Matter. Its proponents include Senator Tim Scott.[ NFL cornerback Richard Sherman supports the All Lives Matter message, saying “I stand by what I said that All Lives Matter and that we are human beings.” According to an August 2015 telephone poll, 78% of likely American voters said that the statement “all lives matter” was closest to their own personal views when compared to “black lives matter” or neither. Only 11% said that the statement “black lives matter” was closest. Nine percent said that neither statement reflected their own personal point of view.
According to professor David Theo Goldberg, “All Lives Matter” reflects a view of “racial dismissal, ignoring, and denial”. Founders have responded to criticism of the movement’s exclusivity, saying, “#BlackLivesMatter doesn’t mean your life isn’t important – it means that Black lives, which are seen without value within White supremacy, are important to your liberation.”President Barack Obama spoke to the debate between Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter. Obama said, “I think that the reason that the organizers used the phrase Black Lives Matter was not that they were suggesting that no one else’s lives matter … rather what they were suggesting was there is a specific problem that is happening in the African American community that’s not happening in other communities.” He also said “that is a legitimate issue that we’ve got to address.
“Blue Lives Matter”
Following the shooting of two police officers in Ferguson and in response to BLM, the hashtag #BlueLivesMatter was created by supporters of the police. Following this, Blue Lives Matter became a pro-police officer movement in the United States. It expanded after the killings of American police officers.
“White Student Union”
In response to BLM, Facebook pages emerged purporting to represent “White Student Unions” on college campuses in the United States. The pages often promise a “safe space” for white students and condemn alleged anti-white racism on campus. The New York Times reported in 2015: “Whether the Facebook groups were started by students at the universities or by an outside group seeking to stir up debate is unclear.” Representatives of the schools as well as some students have said that the groups do not represent their values. Other students complained that attempts by the universities to remove these pages are a violation of free speech.
“White Lives Matter”
White Lives Matter is an activist group created in response to Black Lives Matter. In August 2016, the Southern Poverty Law Center added “White Lives Matter” to its list of hate groups. The group has also been active in the United Kingdom. The “White Lives Matter” slogan was chanted by torch-wielding alt-right protestors during the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. On October 28, 2017, numerous ‘White Lives Matter’ rallies broke out in Tennessee. Dominated in Shelbyville particularly, protesters justified their movement in response to the increasing number of immigrants and refugees to Middle Tennessee.
In this protest, I was seeking your help to be one of us to stop this kind of violence against black people. You can sign the petition and you can also donate through the #BlackLivesMatter website. We are fighting two deadly viruses: COVID-19 is threatening our health condition and White Supremacy is threatening our existence. And both are killing us every single day.