Black Lives Matter


Riley Mitchell, Staff Writer

In July of this year, DeRay Mckesson, well known civil rights activist, was arrested at a protest for the then recent death of Alton Sterling. It was a peaceful protest. There was no violence involved. He was innocent; he had only expressed his opinion.

The Black Lives Matter movement was created to bring attention to the injustice found within cases like this. Racism is still a problem in today’s society, yet many people don’t realize it. Some may not truly recognize it because it doesn’t affect them directly. But racism is a problem that can affect your friends, family, and community.

Even though it’s been 150 years since slavery was abolished, black people still have to deal with these things.”

— Kristian Nicard

Black Lives Matter is a recognition that all black lives deserve humanity, regardless of their gender, class, or sexual orientation, and it has breathed new life into the legacy of the black freedom struggle. Today’s newand much largermovement is also articulating the national struggle for racial justice as a broader one for human rights.

“I think that people think the movement is supposed to disregard other races, when it’s only supposed to magnify the issues black people are facing. Black Lives Matter is about black lives in particular, but it also branches into the support of many other races and their struggles, and many people fail to realize that,” said A’iesha Rooks, a senior at GCHS.

Racism in America roots from so long ago that it’s a learned action by now; almost a habit. It stems from the days of slavery, to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s, and shows through to today. People can’t always be held accountable for their views since they grew up surrounded by the same ideas that they believe now. That’s why Black Lives Matter is so important. It teaches people that these acts of racism, no matter how big or small, are not okay. Our future generations are the most vital to the movement. It’s up to them to change what they see to be wrong.

When asked about the movement, this is what GCHS senior, Kristian Nicard, had to say. “Even though it’s been 150 years since slavery was abolished, black people still have to deal with these things. A lot of my friends even experience racism.”

There’s a lot that we need to fix about our world, and racism is one of the bigger problems that we face. The legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination in almost every institution of our lives, casts a long shadow, and that’s still part of our DNA that’s passed on. We need to join together to fix these problems, or they will never be resolved. So, if you see something you don’t like or don’t agree with, stand up and speak out. You might spark your own movement that could change the world for the better.