When thinking of a powerful image that tells a story I wish to preserve, my mind quickly goes to the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Although the illustration above is one of many to depict the movement, the significance is outstanding. This is a movement created to help give voice to black people who have or will experience racial injustice and inequality. Specifically, this movement was really created to bring justice to the many black children, women and men killed over senseless, prejudice acts by the police. Ironic that the police are suppose to protect and swerve, but they the are ones killing black people at an alarming rate as the years have gone by.
This image is powerful because it draws back to two high profile cases of young black men being killed senselessly because of the stereotypes placed against them. Trayvon Martin and Mike Brown. Trayvon Martin was killed (shot) by George Zimmerman, who wasn’t even a real certified cop, because he just felt like Trayvon was a threat in the neighborhood, since he was wearing a black hoodie(similar to the one in the illustration). All Trayvon wanted to do was make it back home after buying skittles and an Arizona canned beverage. Then we have Mike Brown, who was killed (shot) by cop, Darren Wilson, because he was accused of stealing cigars (that has flaky evidence). Mike Brown was many feet away from Wilson and unarmed (like Trayvon) but still considered a threat. Mike Brown’s blood and lifeless body was left in the middle of the street for hours in the steaming Ferguson heat before being thrown in the back of a van. These crimes caused national & international outrage, as it should have !!! Through these events and more, the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter was created.
It should also be brought up that this caused many riots and naysayers. The city of Ferguson literally looked like a war zone. The citizens against the local cops. There was somehow even a need for SWAT teams to interfere (really?). This was/is a modern day version of the civil rights movements marches/fights that used to occur in the 50’s and 60’s (Selma). At last, I want to conclude this by saying #BlackLivesMatter is for the injustice and unfair killings many black people and families have experienced. It is not saying All Lives Don’t Matter, it is exclaiming how BLACK LIVES should be valued more than what they currently are. “We all bleed, but who’s blood is in the streets?” Would you go to a Breast Cancer awareness event yelling “Lung Cancer matters too !!!”? Exactly.
I hope that in the years to come #BlackLivesMatter will be preserved in history and proven a success.