The internet has been left outraged after a man took to Twitter to share the letter he received from a neighbour asking him to take down his Black Lives Matter sign displayed in a window...
It 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 Twitter post has gone viral and shaken the internet...
After a man shared the note he received from his neighbour, requesting that he take down his Black Lives Matter sign...
@AjShehata This is the problem with narcissistic rasict always missing the point. We understand young blacks kill… https://t.co/ptXI0pBH1W— The Stutter Man 🇱🇷 🇬🇧 (@The Stutter Man 🇱🇷 🇬🇧)1620950362.0
@AjShehata imagine if we all put up signs for good causes..... u mean like ppl have been doing for NHS ? i’m sure i… https://t.co/gocsUvW32d— mimi, my father’s firstborn child 🇯🇲🇮🇳🏳️🌈 (@mimi, my father’s firstborn child 🇯🇲🇮🇳🏳️🌈)1620992877.0
@AjShehata The person was trying to say "I'm not a racist but I am a racist".— Fred Trenor III (@Fred Trenor III)1620928831.0
@AjShehata That reeks of entitlement. Every last word of it.— Alison Hopkins (@Alison Hopkins)1620983520.0
@AjShehata "Imagine if we all put up notices in our windows to visibly show our support for good causes." I dunno,… https://t.co/n68NtukQCB— Ellie B (@Ellie B)1620943775.0
Twitter user, Aj Shehata, took to the platform last week to share the note he had received from his neighbor.
Alongside a picture of the note, Shehata captioned the tweet: "Someone really took a picture of my house, circled the BLM sign in my window and sent this letter..."
The note read:
"Whilst I applaud your support for Black Lives Matter, personally, as a local resident, I rather feel as if it's a protest message to your neighbours, and neighbourhood, implying that we need to change the way we think.
"That is not the case; we are all on the same side."
"I do feel the notice doesn't reflect well upon the area – imagine if we all put up notices in our windows to visibly show our support for good causes, how would South Cheam look?"
Someone really took a picture of my house, circled the BLM sign in my window and sent this letter... https://t.co/1VGvXpQDN8— Aj Shehata (@Aj Shehata)1620917880.0
"Sadly, many of the young black lives taken these days are by young blacks themselves – hopefully one day that will change.
"Lastly, may I congratulate you on a marvellous looking house which is a real asset to the local area – it has been very tastefully designed (apart from your sign)."