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Black Lives Matter.

Before those three words became a hashtag and an inspirational rallying cry for a new national movement, they were a heartbreaking plea for simple recognition.

First shared publicly on a Saturday in the summer of 2013 — the day George Zimmerman’s acquittal for the murder of Trayvon Martin seemed to say the opposite — “Black Lives Matter” was an affirmation of a basic humanity too long denied.

In a recent phone interview, Alicia Garza reflected on the moment she posted “Black people. I love you. I love us. Our lives matter” to Facebook, how her friend and fellow activist Patrisse Cullors then shared Black Lives Matter as a hashtag, and why it has resonated so powerfully ever since.

“We live in a world where it’s not actually true,” Garza explained. “To have a message that is affirming of people’s existence, is affirming of people’s experiences.”

That message of affirmation continues to resonate far beyond Garza’s words — and it’s what makes the movement she co-founded (along with Cullors and Opal Tometi) so different from the fights for civil rights that came before. From Gandhi to Martin Luther King Jr. to Nelson Mandela, social justice movements have always been about more than their courageous and inspirational leaders. It’s the multitude of diverse individuals who unified behind a common cause that propelled movements forward.

But the diversity of those unified individuals wasn’t always so visible — and that’s what sets #BLM and the collective Movement for Black Lives apart from their predecessors. While #BLM has been justifiably hailed for galvanizing a new generation of activists through social media and mobilizing through a more distributed organizational structure, its leaders see their embrace of intersectionality and the foregrounding of multidimensional identities and perspectives as critical to ensuring this movement succeeds.

“Blackness is not a monolith,” Garza said. “There is no one way to be black.” Read more

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Don’t tell me about no national independence and freedom when we can’t have justice for our unjustly slain.

BLACK LIVES MATTER

It’s a very different album for her. For me it’s her Carole King moment. It’s her folk music, gritty moment, and the reason people aren’t as warm to it is they’re not understanding it. I loved “Perfect Illusion” and I loved “Angel Down” – not just what it represents [the murder of Trayvon Martin], but you can tell she’s singing with heart and passion. “A-YO” is really fun too. I think it’s a great record but also a different record for her. I think the kids, some of her Little Monsters, who were here for “Paparazzi” and “Poker Face” don’t understand it enough to appreciate it. But a bunch of them do, and that’s what matters. She’s so fucking underrated as an artist. People understandably got caught up in the brand and her look but they’re forgetting that underneath all that stuff there’s an incredibly sensitive, beyond talented soul. Cheek to Cheek showed people that dammit, this bitch can really sing, especially in this world of [most singers] getting out there and having a track playing under you. And the biggest names still do it. We did it in Seduction, we sang live to track, but people still do it honey, and I’m not going to name names, but the biggest artists – even the ones who are great singers – still use tracks beneath them. She’s out there playing piano with her foot up in her air and singing her ass off and I don’t want that to ever go unrecognized. You can tell I stan for Gaga big time. She gives so much of her soul.

Originally shared a year ago, but this message above is just as important to remember now as it was on Christmas Eve last year. 

For anyone not paying attention, repeat after me:

Tamir Rice did not die because his toy guy “looked real.”

Tamir Rice did not die because he looked “big for his age.”

Tamir Rice did not die because of his home life or his relationship with his parents.

Tamir Rice did not die because he “sometimes pulled the toy gun out and acted like a robber.”

Tamir Rice died because he is black.

Dylann Roof killed 9 people in cold blood with a real gun and was taken into police custody alive and well

Dylann Roof is alive because he is white.

Tamir Rice is dead because he is black.

theguardian.com
George Zimmerman to auction gun he used to kill Trayvon Martin
Former neighbourhood watch volunteer who was acquitted of murdering unarmed teenager touts firearm as a ‘piece of American history’
By Michael Safi

George Zimmerman has put the gun he used to murder Trayvon Martin up for auction as a “piece of American history”, listing it as “the firearm that was used to defend my life and end the brutal attack from Trayvon Martin”

Zimmerman wrote that he was “proud to announce” that a portion of the proceeds raised would be used to “fight BLM [Black Lives Matter] violence against Law Enforcement officers” as well as ending the career of Angela Corey, his prosecutor – “and Hillary Clinton’s anti-firearm rhetoric”.He signed off “your friend, George M. Zimmerman” and “Si vis pacem, para bellum” – the Latin adage, “If you want peace, prepare for war”.

He murders a black boy, becomes a celebrity who is acquitted of all charges, makes money off of numerous deals, and is now making some more money off of selling the very weapon he used to murder the kid.

This is beyond words

White people will never know what it’s like to be scared of being killed by police

I’ve seen plenty of social justice nimrods spewing variations of this remark all over, especially since the murder of Freddie Gray and the subsequent and ongoing protests and riots in Baltimore, MD. The media is more than happy to race bait you with the murders of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and now Freddie Gray, but they’re not quick to report on the non-black people who are being killed by police (and yes, I get that Trayvon Martin wasn’t killed by a cop).

According to killedbypolice.net, here’s the approximate tally of killings by cop, divided up by race just in this year so far:

  • 148 white people
  • 107 black people
  • 56 latino
  • 4 asian
  • 4 native american

There are countless others from different races, and ones whose race are undetermined, and probably a number of others whose killings have gone publicly unreported.

This debate about which race gets killed more is absolutely bananas, because it doesn’t fucking matter. What matters is that people are getting killed by police period. But keep race baiting, and being willfully ignorant - I’m sure that pat on the back you’re regularly giving yourself feels really good while you stroke your own ego at the same time, you Internet pretend hero.