Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter (BLM) is a civil rights movement and activist network that originated from a hashtag campaign on social media in 2013. The hashtag #BlackLivesMatter campaign gained momentum online in the wake of a jury finding George Zimmerman not guilty of the second-degree murder of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed African American high school student whom Zimmerman shot and killed with a 9mm pistol. Zimmerman claimed self-defense, but many people saw the jury’s dismissal of the charges as racially biased. BLM, sometimes referred to as the Movement for Black Lives, has focused largely on a lack of accountability for violence committed against African Americans, particularly police violence. By leveling criticisms that the criminal justice system disproportionately punishes African Americans and...

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