Black Lives Matter Day is celebrated annually on February 26 in remembrance of Trayvon Martin, an African American teen who was killed by a white American out of hatred. The acquittal of the killer, George Zimmerman, from the murder charge and roaming free caused a wave of widespread anger which led to nationwide campaigns centered around fairness and justice for Black people. Black Lives Matter is a chant against racial discrimination and violence toward black people. Join in the movement to end discrimination and declare equality for all.
History of Black Lives Matter Day
Black people are generally considered those coming from Africa and settling in different parts of the world. The theory has it, that among the three sons of Noah, Ham settled in Africa and his descendants are the ones we currently see living there and expanding into other areas as well. Although all this is heavily theoretical, ever since the African dynasties of Hamitic origins lost control of their lands, and Semitic dynasties took over around 1300 B.C., the Hamitic population has been enslaved in one form or the other.
Black people have been persecuted and mistreated heavily, sold into slavery, and have been deprived of basic human rights. In hopes of better lives and living conditions, they have migrated to different parts of the world where mostly nothing drastically changed for them. Those who migrated to America during pre-colonial times and after the American Independence were enslaved until the Civil War when slavery was abolished. Slavery might have ended but it resulted in the start of hate crimes, all because black people were not white, and so many people in the world believed in white superiority.
All this time we have continuously seen black people suffering. They are casually mistreated, discriminated against, and looked upon with hatred. Some people go the extra mile and murder black people. A similar thing happened on February 22, 2012, when a 17-year-old African-American teen boy was shot dead by a Hispanic-American man, George Zimmerman, in Florida. Incidents like the killing of George Floyd by a white policeman have proven that black lives have no value.
United against this persecution, Black Lives Matter Day started as a decentralized movement to end racial discrimination and injustice. Different social organizations and bodies have raised their voices in favor of Black Lives Matter, and have openly supported the cause. Ever since the killing of George Floyd, the chant has gathered greater support and has been advertised on almost every major forum.
Black Lives Matter Day timeline
Martin Luther King Jr. and others begin the Civil Rights Movement to abolish racism and provide civil rights to all.
About 17 months after the murder of Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman’s acquittal gives birth to the chant, “Black Lives Matter”.
A police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota kills a black person in a second-degree murder.
Polls reveal that 67% of Americans support the cause in some form.
Black Lives Matter Day FAQs
Why is BLM important?
It is a social chant against racism. It’s not just for black people, it is for everyone.
What was the punishment given to George Floyd’s killer?
The killer was sentenced to 22.5 years in jail without the possibility of early parole unless two-thirds of the sentence was served.
What is the helpline to report racism?
Remember to dial 911 and report your incident and also post the incident on social media.
How to Observe Black Lives Matter Day
Research on how to end racial complexes
Wealth, color, or ethnicity does not make anyone’s life superior to another. Today people commit racial crimes because they think of themselves as superior. This needs to end.
Handle your differences peacefully by having a dialogue. As an individual, learn to be respectful and tolerant towards others.
Talk on social media
Follow the Black Lives Matter hashtag trend on social media. Also, share your public support on this matter.
5 Facts About The Black Lives Matter Movement
It’s a national campaign
After Trayvon Martin’s death in 2012, two more deaths in 2014 led to the nationwide recognition of the Black Lives Matter campaign.
The push against white supremacy
The primary objective of this movement is to end white supremacy.
The push to change this chant
Some people criticize the chant not because they are racist but because they demand an even greater ambition of “All Lives Matter.”
The police brutality statistics
A report revealed that non-white people are 150% more likely to be killed in an encounter by the police in the U.S.
The massive celebrity support
The movement gained massive support from celebrities as almost everyone took to Twitter and Instagram to express their support.
Why Black Lives Matter Day is Important
It teaches humanity
Like someone said, after animals, the first race to go extinct would be the black people. Despite being painful to accept, some white supremacists are trying very hard to make this true. Let's never make this happen, and teach these people humanity and tolerance so that the world becomes a better place to live.
The more we talk about it, the more it stays as a trend. As we keep the conversation going, the more awareness we spread.
Every life matters
People who feel insecure and unsafe have a right to express their concerns over their life. Everyone has the right to protect themselves and so every life matters.
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