Updated: Aug 18, 2020
By Victoria Kim, Emma Willard School
“What’s the point of having a voice if you’re gonna be silent in those moments you shouldn’t be?” (The Hate You Give)
People remain silent when they shouldn’t be silent, but now things are different. Black Lives Matter, aka, The BLM movement emerged after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in 2013.
The BLM movement was initiated by the murder of Trayvon Martin, a 17 year old African-American boy who was shot by Zimmerman. On February 26th, 2012, Martin was walking out of the convenience store after buying some items, returning back to his father’s fiance’s home. He caught the eye of a 28 year old man, who had experienced few break-ins. George Zimmerman testified that Trayvon Martin looked suspicious with his hooded sweater. Zimmerman attempted to excuse his own disturbing actions, trying to explain why he had shot the 17 year old boy.
The BLM movement re-emerged again in 2020 on social media. The unjust death of George Floyd triggered people to call for peace, equality and justice. There were more victims who had been killed unjustly before George Floyd. Names such as; Eric Garner, John Crawford, Michael Brown, Vonderrit D. Myers Jr, Tamir Rice, Akai Gurley, Antonio Martin, and Freddie Gray. Some names that were heard, but some that weren’t.
There are more people who have died unjustly because of racism. Still, there are unnoticed names who were murdered unjustly, but the offender wasn’t charged. George Floyd, as many of you know, has died because of a homicide. An officer, Derek Michael Chauvin, murdered George Floyd after the officer had arrested George for using counterfeit $20 in the store. Dereck Michael Chauvin compressed George Floyd’s neck with his knee for 8 minutes and 46 seconds, but George Floyd was not responsive after six minutes, resulting in Floyd’s death. The officer continued to compress his neck even after Floyd gasped, “Mama, I can’t breathe.”
This racial injustice is still ongoing. Protests after protests, with countless people participating. People have also been actively participating on social media chains, such as tiktok and instagram. There are crowds chanting “No justice, no peace” on the streets as they pass by.
But is social media really helping the education of the people?
Social media is a great platform because it is very influential, being that so many people use them. It allows news to spread rapidly, although there are also loads of inaccurate information circulating the internet. When there are fake information that gets shared around to the crowds, social media becomes not very reliable. Yet, a lot of people still do not recognize this downside effect and believe everything they see. A thing that you could do if a person posts an incorrect information on their social media is to correct them in a respectful way, and to inform them that what they have posted is inaccurate.
Some people participate in the BLM movement because they think that it is a “trend.” Since everyone is reposting images, posts, and going to protests, it does not mean that you also have to participate because others are. It also doesn't mean you will gain more supporters or followers. Moreover, one shouldn't be reposting posts and going to protests because one feel "left out".
Black Lives Still Matter when everyone stops posting on their social media.
All Lives Still Matter when everyone stops posting on their social media.
Movements against racial injustice is a step that we, people, take to solve. Racism is a huge problem in modern world that we have to overcome. Racial injustice, protests, and petitions to fight for equality and justice should not be taken superficially.
Racial injustice, racial inequality, and racial discrimination needs to stop. We are all humans and we shouldn’t be treated differently based on our skin colors. Our blood is red, there are no difference between us. Therefore, there is no need for any racial injustice, inequality, or discrimination, but for all to be equal.