#BlackLivesMatter and civil rights

Screen Shot 2017-04-20 at 2.21.15 PMI want to focus on social movements, and, more specifically the Black Lives Matter Movement.

People love to compare BLM to the civil rights movement of the ’50s and ’60s. Both movements stood for the validation of people of color. In times past, people of color were tired of being seen as second class citizens. However, the civil rights movement’s focus was to obtain the civil rights for all. BLM takes it a step further.

BLM focuses on more than saying that black people matter and we want civil rights. Thanks to the civil rights movement, we don’t have to focus on those rights, but now we focus on all the other unequal treatment visited upon black people.

BLM focuses on bigger issues like systematic racism, the injustice in the “justice” system, and unequal housing opportunities.

It seemed like once all the bills were passed and signed and MLK was assassinated, the movement ended, but look at it in hindsight and see how much was actually accomplished. Black people continued to be treated unfairly, continued to be targeted by the police, and had to deal with mass incarceration. We may have civil rights, but now can we get the respect, can we get the same treatment under the law, can we not be targeted by the police just because we’re black.

BLM is trying to make sure that black people get treated fairly. Settling is no longer an answer or an option. We want equal treatment and we want white people to acknowledge that there is a problem and it needs to be fixed.

By Donald Scott

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