Black Lives Matter (BLM) is now more than an organization in today’s world. It is now a socio political movement which is against all forms of racism against blacks most especially police brutality.
Racism is one of the major problems of the 21st century. Ever since the slave trade, people of color (black people) whose ancestors are originally from Africa, have always been discriminated against not just in America but also across the world.
Black people experience racist behaviors from different areas. There have always been reports of unjust killings of innocent black people which went unchecked and this all led to the creation of the BLM movement.
The internet has been a major tool which the organization has deployed in the mobilization of Americans and also people across the world sympathetic to their cause to protest against racially motivated violence against blacks.
Black Lives Matter Wiki and History
There is a confusion when it comes to the term “Black Lives Matter” and this is due to the fact that there is an actual organization carrying the same name. The roots of BLM’s movement started earlier before the formation of the organization. The movement has origins in the fight against black communities which is a fight that is almost as old as slavery. The movement as an organization was founded in 2013 by Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi.
BLM serves as an “activist organization” that protests against injustice on blacks in the especially in the United States. So far, the donations to the movement has surpassed 10 billion dollars with $10.6B coming in 2020 alone.
The organization has grown into a powerful force riding on people’s emotions and calls during protests against police brutality. Many companies and organizations (non-profits inclusive) have declared support for the movement using the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter or also in donations. These companies are not only limited to donations or using hashtags, it could be with their products and one of such is Quaker Foods’ Aunt Jemima.
Some of the popular companies and individuals that have declared support for the movement include, Twitter, TikTok, Mark Zuckerberg, DoorDash, Microsoft, Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez, Ariana Grande, Airbnb, Bella Hadid, Uber, Salesforce, Beyoncé, Jay Z, Shopify, Harry Styles and many more
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Black Lives Matter Mission Statement and Goals
The mission statement of BLM has to do with making lives better for the average black man anywhere in the world. The goal is to see a world whereby racial discrimination against blacks are eliminated completely and all black people are treated fairly and equally.
Although, there isn’t any official mission statement or goal for the movement but the it is obvious. The movement and so also the organization fight any form of discrimination on against black communities.
Black Lives Matter Flag
Here is the logo often linked to BLM below.
Black Lives Matter Protests
Protests and demonstrations tagged “BLM Protests” started in 2014. Here is a brief timeline of all Black Lives Matter protests.
BLM Protests 2014
In 2014, protests erupted against the deaths of African Americans who were casualties of police brutality. Some of them included Micheal Brown, Eric Garner, Ezell Ford and more. The demonstrations began in July 2014 and went throughout the year.
BLM Protests 2015
The 2015 demonstrations began in April with the death of Freddie Gray which sparked rage amongst Americans especially African Americans. Barely a month after, it was reported that black females were being killed the police across the country. Demonstrations continued till the end of the year with the killings that didn’t stop.
BLM Protests 2016
On December 2nd of 2015, a man named Mario Woods was shot dead in San Francisco by police officers. The protest continued into 2016. In February, another shooting took place and this time it was a 17 year old boy who was a Somali refugee.
There were several other killings that year including that of a 37 year old man, Alton Sterling, who was shot several times. A peaceful protest was held in Texas in July after which a man named Micah Xavier Johnson killed police officers and delivered a bomb as he claimed before he died to have been angry against the discriminations against black communities by white supremacists.
The shootings were blamed on Black Lives Matter, who released statements denying and denouncing the allegations.
BLM Protests 2020
After the death of George Floyd in May, 2020 by police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the world erupted into flames as protests took place starting from Minnesota all the way to faraway Europe. The world defied lockdown rules imposed by the governments to protest against the killing of George Floyd and also Breonna Taylor.
Black Lives Matter T-Shirts and Merch
To shop for official merch regarding BLM Shirts and merch please visit here.
Black Lives Matter Net Worth
The organization/movement has made $10 billion and more in donations. We have no information the exact figures.
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