AN OUTCRY FOR LIFE: BLACK LIVES MATTER.

These three words identify an African American movement that is working against socio-political discrimination against people of colour founded by three women: Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors andOpal Tometi. 

The movement began in 2012, but became increasingly popular in 2013, welcoming relatives of the victims of episodes of violence such as the mother of a 17-year-old boy killed by a vigilant who mistook him for a thief. The vigilant, who had confessed, was released from prison.

The severe discrimination against the Afro-American population in the States made families aware that suddenly their loved ones could be taken away without justice being done.

In 2020 there were two episodes of violence against Afro-Americans by the police. In May, bouncer George Floyd, the father of a 6-year-old girl, was accused of paying for a pack of cigarettes with a fake 20-dollar bill. The policeman forced him to the ground and although Floyd repeated “I can’t breathe”, he choked him with his knee on his neck. 
In June 2020 it was Jacob Blake’s turn. He was hit by several bullets in the back because the policeman thought he saw a knife inside the car, which was never found, eventually. Blake was paralyzed and is still under arrest while the policeman was acquitted for only defending himself.

What happened to Floyd and Blake triggered a series of movements and violence both among young Afro-Americans and among the forces of law and order who increasingly abuse their powers with impunity.

Violence is increasingly becoming a social problem that has long been shaking a nation that has been enslaved for 250 years. Over the next 100 years, it has lived “apartheid” and has only defined itself as a non-racial democracy for 60 years. Unfortunately, discrimination and prejudice are really difficult to eradicate.

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