The Black Lives Matter movement has had a profound impact on society. And now one man has gone viral for all the wrong reasons...
The news comes after the movement made global headlines last year.
It seems things are far from over.
But before we get there, let's get a few things clear.
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Since its increased prevalence last year, the Black Lives Matter movement has continued to become a force for change in the fight for racial equality.
"What is the Black Lives Matter movement?"
via: Getty ImagesSimply put, the movement was created in 2013 after George Zimmerman was acquitted of murdering Trayvon Martin, a seventeen-year-old schoolboy who was walking home with a bag of Skittles after visiting his father's fiancée.
An altercation ensued even though Zimmerman was told not to get involved by a superior.
via: Getty ImagesAnd when the police arrived on the scene, Martin was dead with bullet wounds and Zimmerman claimed he acted in self-defense. After a lengthy trial that gripped the nation, the off-duty "captain of the neighborhood patrol" was released without any charges.
That's when the Black Lives Matter hashtag started trending.
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This was because Trayvon Martin's life was brutally ended over a stereotype that Black boys in hoodies are deemed as a "threat." Zimmerman's only claim to stopping the young man was because he "looked suspicious."
Say their names.
Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, Ahmaud Arbery, Breana Taylor, Elijah McClain, Stephon Clark, and more recently, George Floyd, and Rayshard Brooks.
According to The Washington Post, Black people are being killed twice as much as white people.
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And this is even despite the fact that they only make up thirteen percent of the population.
BLM has recently gained much more traction in the past year.
After the video of George Floyd being suffocated and killed by a police officer's knee went viral, many people across the globe were left rightfully outraged.
But leading up to his death, 2 other similar incidents occurred...
Healthcare professional, Breonna Taylor, was murdered in her own home by Louisville police officers who received a tip that her partner was involved in an alleged drug operation. Instead, the officers killed Breonna with multiple bullets while she was asleep.
And later, it was found that the police's incident report contained multiple errors about the incident.
Breonna Taylor's killer received no legal convictions.
And who could forget about the death of Ahmaud Arbery?
Ahmaud Arbery was out jogging in his neighborhood in February when he was chased down and confronted by Gregory and Travis McMichael.
He was then shot multiple times by the 2 white supremacists.
They claimed that Ahmaud "looked like" someone that had been involved in burglaries, so took the liberty of being the judge, jury, and executioner, murdering the Black man in broad daylight.
They were only arrested weeks later after footage of the murder started circulating online.
But imagine there was no footage? People would refuse to believe it even happened due to the callouses of the act.
And this is because we've been conditioned to think racism died a long time ago.
But it has not. And you can't blame Black people and other POC (people of color) for being angry. Their mothers, fathers, sons, and daughters are being murdered for the color of their skin. The question you should be asking yourselves is why are you not angry?
Half a century after Martin Luther King was shot fighting for racial equality, and here we are again.
Black people are still being forced to fight for their basic human rights.
But even during such challenging times, we saw people come together to help the cause.
People from all races and all backgrounds stood together, united.
Nonetheless, things are far from over.
Racial inequality in the USA is still a huge problem.
And this week, a viral clip has shaken the internet.
With many feeling absolutely awful about the whole thing.
"It's going to create that divide in the classroom and that becomes dangerous to a student," said Garren Bratcher to CBS on educating children on BLM.
"The ethics behind them is not something you should be teaching a 14-year-old child."
"It sounded more like a recruitment tactic, not an educational experience," he said.
Luckily, his request was denied.