I have been brooding over this piece for some time, actually for a long time when I consider my earlier experiences with white supremacy, racism and those opposed to diversity, equity and inclusion. Recent events in the past few years have elevated A more conscious awareness on the part of many people through publicity, in both social media and Main Stream Media print and TV.
In July 2013, a movement began with the use of the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter on social media after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of African-American teen Trayvon Martin in February 2012. The movement became nationally recognized for street demonstrations following the 2014 deaths of two African Americans, that of Michael Brown—resulting in protests and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri.—and Eric Garner in New York City. Since the Ferguson protests, participants in the movement have demonstrated against the deaths of numerous other African Americans by police actions or while in police custody. The originators of the hashtag and call to action, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi expanded their project into a national network of over 30 local chapters between 2014 and 2016. The overall Black Lives Matter movement is a decentralized network of activists with no formal hierarchy.
The movement returned to national headlines and gained further international attention during the global George Floyd protests on 2020 following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. An estimated 15 million to 26 million people participated in the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests in the United States, making it one of the largest movements in the country’s history. The movement comprises many views and a broad array of demands but they center on criminal justice reform. (courtesy of Wiki)
The roots of white supremacy in this country can are grounded in slavery and this is well documented by Dr. Gerald Horne in “The Apocalypse of Settler Colonialism: The Roots of Slavery, White Supremacy, and Capitalism in 17th Century North America and the Caribbean” (Monthly Review Press, 2017). There are some who disagree with Horne’s views and interpretations but as an historical record it’s hard to dispute or deny. That doesn’t stop those who feel threatened by a new dawning of “liberty and justice for all.”
I have written previously about some of my own personal experiences with racism and rather than repeat them here, I will reference three blogs for your review should you be interested.
And these two: