Has COVID-19 distracted us from other important issues like the BLM movement?
The death of George Floyd on May 25 began a new chapter in America’s history. Floyd’s last words, “I can’t breathe,” were being chanted at protests and painted on posters all over the country.
The Black Lives Matter movement (BLM) began after the death of Trayvon Martin in 2012, when Martin was shot and killed by his father’s neighbor George Zimmerman for looking suspicious.
BLM continued to grow with the racially motivated deaths of black people in the United States has become a norm that Black people are questioned by authority for looking like someone or that they “fit the description of.”
The term Police brutality began showing up on social media and at protests.
Police Brutality was always happening on the other side of your door, we just didn’t notice because we weren’t seeing it on our Instagram feed.
During the protests of this summer, the police, the people who are being paid to protect us were doing the opposite, using excessive force on those exercising their first amendment rights. Hashtags like #BLM, #Blackouttuesday and others were a trend for about two months till the world “returned to normal.” People who argue that BLM means that black lives matter MORE, are wrong. It means that all lives don’t matter until black lives do. The “All Lives Matter” and “Blue Lives Matter” movements ignore the oppression black people face due to the systematic racism present in the police force of this country. The Black Lives Matter organization is not saying the lives of everyone else doesn’t have purpose or isn’t as important as our own, BLM is saying that the lives of Black Americans are not being treated the same as the lives of White Americans. People backing the “Blue lives matter” and “All lives matter” movement use the hatred they have for black Americans to justify the fact as to why so many of us are still being killed. Police officers are given too much authority that they go overboard, and the power consumes them.
The black lives of America are not something you should address once on by Instagram or twitter then pretend like it doesn’t happen. Although not every Black person has gone through the same situation, as a society we must know what’s right and what’s wrong. Deciding not speaking out on the matter contributes to the problem.
With everything going on in the world with COVID-19 and the presidential election, it’s almost as if the BLM movement isn’t being cared about as much anymore. This generation is growing to stand up for what we believe in; we cannot forget the lives innocently lost. Knowing this, we must continue to fight for equality.