Black Lives Matter

"15/365 Black Lives Matter" by Dorret, January 15, 2015.
What is the Black Lives Matter Movement?
#BlackLivesMatter was created in 2012 after Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted for his crime, and dead 17-year old Trayvon was posthumously placed on trial for his own murder. Rooted in the experiences of Black people in this country who actively resist our dehumanization, #BlackLivesMatter is a call to action and a response to the virulent anti-Black racism that permeates our society. Black Lives Matter is a unique contribution that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of Black people by police and vigilantes.

It goes beyond the narrow nationalism that can be prevalent within Black communities, which merely call on Black people to love Black, live Black and buy Black, keeping straight cis Black men in the front of the movement while our sisters, queer and trans and disabled folk take up roles in the background or not at all.

Black Lives Matter affirms the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, black-undocumented folks, folks with records, women and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. It centers those that have been marginalized within Black liberation movements. It is a tactic to (re)build the Black liberation movement.

[Text is from the "About" page of the Black Lives Matter website.]
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#SayHerName, a short film written and produced by the African American Policy Forum, seeks to lift up the voices and make known the stories of the Black women and girls so often excluded from the discourse around police brutality against Black bodies.

Content warning: Includes raw footage of police violence against Black women and girls.
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