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Event That Started The Black Lives Matter Movement

Meet the Women Whose Hashtag Turned Into a Global Movement

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The ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement is a very powerful global movement that is finally making rounds as it should’ve been. Although we would prefer to live in a world where we didn’t have to ask people not to kill based on the color of anyone’s skin. But since we do, there’s no way we’re letting it happen anymore. However, it all began back in 2012 when a 17 year old named Trayvon Martin was murdered.

The color of his skin? Black. And like all black men, women and children that are shot at, no action was taken. That is, until then President Barack Obama publicly spoke about the incident. “If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.” And said a full investigation into what happened was imperative.

Thus, George Zimmerman, the cop who pulled the trigger was charged with second degree murder and manslaughter. And knowing a thing or two about the law, this wasn’t the highest sentence they could’ve charged him for. Even while putting him on trial, he was still being saved by charging for a shorter sentence. This is how deep rooted the problem is.

Anyway, the defense argued that what Zimmerman did was solely in self defense. The ‘black kid’ punched him while he was peacefully patrolling like he does. And he had to defend himself.

The prosecution argued that Zimmerman saw a black kid and automatically found him suspicious. He decided to follow him and shot cause he had the upper hand.

But it was no use. Zimmerman got a full acquittal. Which meant, no jail time. No guilty verdict. And this appalled three ladies more than others. Patrisse CullorsAlicia Garza and Opal Tometi decided it was time to take action.

Black Lives Matter Movement Came Into Being

Alicia Garza was in a bar surrounded by people also disheartened when she saw the verdict. She remembers crying herself to sleep that night, as she told The Guardian in 2015.

She then wrote on Facebook, “I continue to be surprised at how little black lives matter.” She concluded with, “Black people. I love you. I love us. Our lives matter.”.”

This post reached Patrisse Cullors who reposted Garza’s message and added the hashtag “#blacklivesmatter.”

Opal Tometi saw the hashtag and immediately called Garza. “I felt a sense of urgency about the next steps we could take together to change the story,” Tometi recalled to Glamour in 2016. She was the executive director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration in New York City.

And after that, the three ladies found their voice and used their platforms to spread the message as far wide as they could.

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