What is #BlackLivesMatter?

The dominance of #BlackLivesMatter all over the Social Media platforms is making people wonder about its origin and cause.

Many people are not well acquainted with the term and do not know its importance or what incidents led the Black community to start this movement.

The Meraki brings you the most significant events and information that you need to know about this whole movement and what it means to the Black community.

The black-lives-matter hashtag has taken over all social media sites and, we will tell you why.

How The Movement Started?

A 17-year-old African-American boy, Trayvon Martin was shot dead by a 28-year-old white man named George Zimmerman, which led to the ‘#BlackLivesMatter‘ movement, founded by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi in 2013.

When George Zimmerman was acquitted by the court, the “black-lives-matter” movement came into action.

It was since then that this movement stood up for all the unfair killings of black persons committed by the white men and especially by the police.

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Trending Of Black-Lives-Matter Hashtag

What is #BlackLivesMatter?

The movement recently came back into the spotlight with its hashtag trending on different social media platforms after a video of a policeman murdering a black man by putting his knee on his neck got viral.

The murdered George Floyd begged the policeman to remove his knee and told him continuously that he couldn’t breathe.

The crowd filmed the video and as a result, it went viral online.

The Massive Reaction!

What is #BlackLivesMatter?

According to the Pew Research Centre, the black-lives-matter hashtag has been used for almost 47.8 million times on Twitter with an average of 3.7 million tweets per day.

The current statistics show that this is the highest number of this hashtag ever being used, ever since the beginning of this movement.

The prominence this movement has garnered as compared to the previous protests is huge.

The protest has gone global with huge numbers of people in different cities and countries can be seen on roads fighting for the black community’s rights and standing against the injustice.

The trend of the #BlackLivesMatter making it reach millions of people, through social media sites including Instagram and Facebook.

The Struggle Against The Police Brutality

What is #BlackLivesMatter?

The black lives matter movement struggled hard against police brutality as the police continued to kill innocent black civilians for no apparent reasons.

There were many demonstrations and protests organized by the protesters against racism and police violence. The fight against racial discrimination, inequality and injustice continues to thrive as the police keep on murdering black lives as some kind of sport.

The racist outrage portrayed by these white supremacists in the uniform take black lives unjustly and promote persecution.

Another huge incident that started riots in Ferguson city was the shooting of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black by the police.

The police after being captured several times in different videos killing various unarmed black people frequently never got charged.

This continuous injustice caused an uproar in the Black community and made them stand up against police brutality. 

What is #BlackLivesMatter?

The counterpart of blacklivesmatter: 

Another hashtag “AllLivesMatter” emerged in order to counter the blacklivesmatter hashtag to overshadow and belittle the black community’s struggle against the racial inequality and injustice.

The privileged white supremacists came up with the hashtag claiming all lives matter to dismiss the black community’s plight criticizing their movement as anti-white, anti-police and anti-American. 

Obama while addressing the issue stated,

“I think that the reason that the organizers used the phrase Black Lives Matter was not because they were suggesting that no one else’s lives matter … rather what they were suggesting was there is a specific problem that is happening in the African American community that’s not happening in other communities.” The founders of the movement also defended their position and exclusivity exclaiming, “#BlackLivesMatter doesn’t mean your life isn’t important – it means that Black lives, which are seen without value within White supremacy, are important to your liberation.” 

Pakistanis Response to the BLM:

Many Pakistanis stood in solidarity with the black community using the hashtag. A Pakistani truck artist, Haider Ali painted George Floyd’s mural to honour his memory and raise awareness regarding justice and equality supporting the BLM movement.

Many celebrities showed their support to the movement as well by posting a black picture and using the #blackouttuesday, a day that was observed in mourning for the deceased. 

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By Amna Azmat

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