George Floyd – A man who’s been in everybody’s head in recent months. His death gave rise to the already existent Black lives Matter movement. But where did it all start? Probably everybody knows the #Blacklivesmatter by now, but what maybe not everybody knows is when the Hashtag was established.
The black lives matter movement started back in 2013 and was a response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin‘s murderer. Trayvon Martin was on his way home when he caught the attention of a nearby police patrol. He was shot by a police officer who thought Martin looked suspicious. The police officer pleaded that it was self-defense. A few weeks after the murder he was acquitted and that was the crucial point for the movement to start. The BLM movement is a global movement in Canada, the USA and the UK. Their mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build a local power to support black lives. They want a world, where black lives are no longer systematically targeted.
Black lives matter isn’t just a trend. It’s a symbol against racism that is still happening today. We should all support the movement (for example by using the hashtag) and help minorities to get equal rights. There is only one race: the human race.
Angelina Vlotaros, Emily Kabus, Bastian Friedrich and Gregor Mehnert, Q12