“Black lives matter” is three words that changed the USA, three words that Alicia Garza, Patrissa Cullors and Opal Tometi brought to the surface.
“Black lives matter” is a saying meaning that black people should be just as equal as white people. This saying has caused a lot of uproar and debate about police violence around the world.
- The society today:
So what exactly is racism? Racism does not exist in just one form but several, it can be to divide a population into different categories, discrimination and hateful comments and actions.
After several years of development, There are several racist acts and comments one can say to a dark-skinned person today.
For example we have the n-word, this is something that should not be tolerated to say but sadly there are a lot of people not of color who use this phrase as an everyday term.
We can say that today’s political structure and laws has improved a lot since a hundred years ago, and this is of course true, but there are some things we have yet to improve.
Even though today’s system has improved a lot over the years, it actually has a lot in common with our old system, we just might not notice it.
When people think of racism today, they mostly think of harassment and hateful acts, but today’s society has a lot of normalized racism and white superiority.
Janishia Fonville, Tamir Rice, Atatiana Jefferson, Elijah Mcclain, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor are six of 164 Black people in the past 8 months of 2020 that were killed by the U.S police. (cbsnews,2020)
As you know, a white person doesn’t live in a world where a police officer can kill them because of the color of their skin, but unfortunately a black person does. may 25 was the day Security footage, witness videos and official documents showed that George Floyd had bought cigarettes with a counterfeit $20 bill.