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There’s no question that the wave of protests against police violence and racial injustice across the country has had a tremendous impact. “It’s different this time” has been a frequent sentiment among historians, activists and other experts. Is it too early to tell?

Yes, the #BLM Protests will create lasting change Show more Show less

It's different this time: while modern U.S. history has no shortage of social movements, today’s effort is more focused and universal.
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It's not just a black movement anymore

“The long history of black folks in this country is conflict and struggle, between ourselves and the state and other interests within the society so that we can live free. And this is the first time that I think a lot of us have felt that the battle was legitimately joined, not just by white people but other people of color.” - Ta-Nehisi Coates, Vox

The Argument

The Black Lives Matter movement was founded in 2013 by three black women and championed and supported mainly by Black Americans. The movement was cast off as radical and racially divisive. It is now a household name and the rallying cry of not just Black Americans, but the majority of all Americans.[1] The vast majority of Americans seem to have woken up to the oppressive reality that Black Americans have been dealing with within the U.S for far too long. It's not that these protests against police brutality are new. But now, it is not just Black Americans advocating for themselves. People of all races, and most notably White people, are now showing a sudden and unprecedented willingness to march, protest, and advocate for Black lives. White-dominated sports like NASCAR and Major League Baseball have voiced support for Black Lives Matter.[2] Media companies like Conde Nast and the New York Times have had racial reckonings in direct relation to the movement.[3] High profile celebrities of all races have taken to social media and to the streets to protest racial injustice.[4] Black Lives Matter has become a global rallying cry. It has spanned nearly every continent. Cities like Seoul, Belgium, and Sydney have had thousands of protestors show up in solidarity. A mural painting was done to honor George Floyd in Idlib, Syria. Protestors in London banned together to knock down statues of former slave traders.[5] The Black Lives Matter is no longer a black movement. It is not even just an American movement. It is a global movement that has been joined by people of all races and backgrounds.

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While the Black Lives Matter movement has seen an uptick in support from people of all races and backgrounds, the movement is still a predominantly Black movement. The movement has received unprecedented support from companies, politicians, and everyday Americans. But those who join and support the movement at one point often choose to distance themselves from it or stop speaking up at another point. There are many who hail a social justice movement until it "goes too far" or starts making "unreasonable demands". [6] Many who don't agree with violence and rioting see that some protesters are engaging in that behavior and choose to withdraw their support.[6] Black Lives Matter is a predominantly Black movement because it has the unwavering support of the majority of the Black community, even in times of trial and tribulation. Black lives will always matter to Black people - not just sometimes, or once in a while, but all of the time.

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  1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/how-the-black-lives-matter-movement-went-mainstream/2020/06/09/201bd6e6-a9c6-11ea-9063-e69bd6520940_story.html
  2. https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2020/07/22/mlb-allows-black-lives-matter-social-justice-jersey-patches/41795323/
  3. https://www.vulture.com/2020/07/a-list-of-media-companies-reckoning-with-racism.html
  4. https://www.insider.com/celebrities-protests-black-lives-matter-ariana-grande-halsey-2020-6
  5. https://www.vox.com/2020/6/12/21285244/black-lives-matter-global-protests-george-floyd-uk-belgium
  6. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/06/black-lives-matter-protests-change-demands

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