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Social Media’s Impact on the BLM Movement

The message behind the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has transcended the years, going all the way back to the civil rights movement in 1954, which marked the struggle of social justice for African Americans to gain equal rights under the law in the United States. Both movements challenged police brutality and various forms of racial segregation and discrimination. But technology’s contribution to the Black Lives Matter movement has drastically changed the way these movements develop.

Black Lives Matter protest in London, Britain, June 13, 2020. Source: Simon Dawson/Reuters.

The BLM movement has transformed from being a popular social media campaign into a global movement across the world. It continued to increase momentum across the internet after a civilian, George Floyd, was killed by police in Minneapolis in May. This atrocity continues to impact millions of people across the globe, representing the unfair treatment of African Americans by the police.

George Floyd is not the first black man to be killed by police brutality; however, his death has erupted a huge response across the world. Not only have protests taking place in the U.S, but social media has played a crucial role in the #BlackLivesMatter movement by transforming it into an active platform for activism. The platform educates on systemic racism, and it’s an informational source for people to inform themselves on what has been happening for years.

Worldwide, there has been an awakening of large crowds of people putting aside their “differences,” such as religion and sexual orientation, and coming together as one to protest the injustice of George Floyd’s killing and other deaths caused by police brutality against black people. The movement continues to raise attention towards the methodologies of racism that exist in different countries. Not only has the media opened new doors for people to speak openly about police brutality, but the BLM movement has established a comfortable and open platform for people to talk about other events that don’t revolve around politics or the economy. Social media allows people to speak up about global issues that are not covered by international media. But social media’s BLM movement has led to many controversies. Political powers deduce that social media is a means to manipulate the minds of people. Still, ultimately it’s one of the essential ways people can receive news, obtain information, and have wider access to it.

“I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe,” were George Floyd’s last words. But they didn’t die with him. The BLM movement carries his legacy.

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