Three weeks ago I wrote a blog post titled ‘The Colin Kaepernick Debate‘. In the post, I detailed the protest that took America by storm and created a divisive narrative that is still ongoing in the media today. Each of my posts has an element of continuity that you, yourself can follow. But the topic of…Continue reading My Explanation – The Colin Kaepernick Debate.
The recent surge of the Black Lives Matters movement comes at a time where information is at our fingertips. We live in the age of instant gratification, we are no longer patient. Arguably, there are disadvantages to our current climate but there are also many positive attributes to living in this digital age. For example,…Continue reading Black Lives Matter – What to Watch
Social media activism has turned a new corner. What was initially a rare and unheard of phenomenon is now a go-to formula guaranteed to garner attention and rally support for a cause. Take the #MeToo movement. Tarana Burke, a civil rights activist, started the movement to gain awareness for the women experiencing sexual assault and…Continue reading #Metoo #BringBackOurGirls #Ferguson
Colin Rand Kaepernick, all-star quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers turned civil rights hero within a matter of months, and all by a single, silent gesture. Colin Kaepernick is widely known for kneeling during the American national anthem at NFL games. His aim was to publically acknowledge the levels of police brutality in America and the…Continue reading The Colin Kaepernick Debate.
Black Lives Matter: Although we are exploring the topic of the Black Lives Matter movement together, I thought that this week I would share a popular video interview with the founders of the movement, instead of a written piece. TedTalks is a platform that shares talks online, under the slogan “ideas worth spreading” they distribute…Continue reading TedTalks Interview with the Founders of the Black Lives Matter movement.
The Black Lives Matter movement has always made people uncomfortable. From the moment the movement was created, it was refuted. But what is it, exactly, that stirs this feeling of uncertainty in people? Why doesn’t everyone support the Black Lives Matter movement? Context: If we refer back to my first post ‘The creation of the Black…Continue reading Black Lives Matter – A Racist Movement?
The death of 18-year-old Michael Brown would be the catalyst that spurred the Black Lives Matter movement onwards. And Ferguson would be the centre of the revolution. Brown, an unarmed, young black man was shot multiple times and killed by police officer Darren Wilson. He was accused of stealing cigarettes from a local store and…Continue reading Michael Brown and The Power of The Hashtag
On the 26th of February 2012, George Zimmerman shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. The trial and subsequent media circus that would surround this case would highlight the volatile race relations in America. But the #BlackLivesMatter response by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi would spark the beginning of a global movement. The Trial:…Continue reading The creation of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Throughout this blog, I will dissect the Black Lives Matters movement. I will begin to look at the origins of Black Lives Matter by including historical context, looking at the founders & activists and their role within the movement. Additionally, I want to take a closer look at the digital progression of the Black Lives…Continue reading Black Lives Matter – An Introduction.