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SOC100W8

Make a post by answering the below questions than response to both studentsChoose one current or recent social movement to discuss in your initial post for this week. Describe the movement including what social issue(s) it addresses, how it began, how and why it gained momentum, and the efforts being taken to instigate social change. Overall, has this movement had a positive or negative impact on society? Explain your answer.Janay StuckeyWeek 8COLLAPSETop of FormThe movement I have chosen to cover is the Black Lives Matter movement as it has been a huge topic of discussion for most of my teenage life. This movement was inspired by the increase in police brutality and violence in the black community and that just like everyone else, their lives carry importance and meaning too. It originally began in 2013 after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in relation to the shooting ofTrayvonMartin.Shortly after this incident two more fatalities, Micheal Brown and Eric Garner, were discovered and the protests from these activists began.From my knowledge, the movement grew due to the increase and spotlight on the mistreatment of black people by police authority and civilians thinking it was acceptable. It also gained momentum as those incidents were recorded, placed on theinternet, and included thehashtag#BlackLivesMatter. By drawing attention to these issues, the activists and protesters aim to bring awareness to the maltreatment and retaliation of law enforcement to black people to decrease the number of fatalities or abuse for minor offenses. I think it also instigates social change by demanding that the officers who commit these acts, be called out and accountable for their wrongdoings, which gives law enforcement the hot seat compared to when they could do these harsh acts with no consequence.I think that overall this movement has had a positive impact. It has drawn attention to the wrongdoings of law enforcement and other people who mistreat black people for nothing more than the color of their skin. I also think it allows people to take a stand for change and educate themselves on social issues that may not plague their communities but could overwhelm another. I also can see where it may not be as effective as it can be because some supporters then attribute every law enforcement engagement as racially motivated, which is not true. I think that blowing the issues out of proportion or assuming the intent is not beneficial and can cloud thejudgementof those who support the movement as well.I think that like any movement, it has those who have different or radical views on the topic but overall, their outcome has been mainly informative and positive.Bottom of FormAlli HuddlesonAlli Huddleson Week 8COLLAPSETop of FormOne current social movement in the United States is Black Lives Matter. This movement’s mission is to “build local power and to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.” The Black Lives Matter movement is based on several principles: we are expansive, we affirm the lives, we are working, and we affirm our humanity. This movement aims to gain awareness and equality for African American lives in the United States. Black Lives Matter is to show black humanity and the contributions to society, despite the oppression.Black Lives Matter was formed in 2013 as a response to the trial that freed Trayvon Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman. This trial gained national headlines because Martin was wrongfully murdered. This movement was created by three women: Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi. Black Lives Matter has grown to have more that 40 different chapters in less than 7 years. After the idea for this movement began, tragedy struck again when Mike Brown was killed by a white police officer. With two tragedies making public headlines, in such a short time, this movement spread. In order to instigate social change, this movement is developing new black leaders and helping to empower the black community, so they stand up for themselves despite the oppression they face.This movement has had a positive impact. While many bad things had to happen in order for this organization to start, the Black Live Matter movement is a rapidly growing organization. In such a short time this group has made a difference nationally and grown in size. This group has become a household name and has made me question and research a lot of what their beliefs are. In order for minority groups to stop being oppressed, we, as a country, need to show compassion with the pain and suffering they are going through. This movement is the start to putting awareness out in the public.https://blacklivesmatter.com/herstory/Bottom of Form

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