Black Lives Matter
Black Lives Matter (#BlackLivesMatter) is a slogan, an organization, and a social movement. Alicia Garza, one of the co-founders of the movement, describes Black Lives Matter as, "a broad umbrella for social justice campaigns to eradicate poverty and unemployment, overhaul the public education and health care systems, reduce the prison population and end racial profiling."
The term "Black Lives Matter" was first coined by Bay Area activist Alicia Garza in 2013. After the acquittal of George Zimmerman for killing the unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin, Garza posted "a love letter to black folks" on Facebook. In it, she concluded: “Black people. I love you. I love us. Our lives matter."
A Los Angeles activist, Patrisse Cullors, turned the slogan into a hashtag, #BlackLivesMatter. Then, together with Opal Tometi, they created #BlackLivesMatter Twitter and Tumblr accounts. The phrase became more popular after the police killings of another unarmed black teen, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, MO in August 2014, and Eric Garner in Staten Island, NY.
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- Matt Pearce, "Why the term 'Black Lives Matter' can be so confusing," LA Times, October 20, 2015, Accessed November 18, 2015.
- Jessica Guynn, "Meet the woman who coined #BlackLivesMatter," USA Today, March 4, 2015, Accessed November 18, 2015.
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- Alicia Garza, L.A. Kaufman, "A Love Note to Our Folks: Alicia Garza on the Organizing of #BlackLivesMatter," n+1.
- Bailey, "Why All Lives Matter is an Inappropriate, Racist Response to Black Lives Matter, Storify.
- George Yancy and Judith Butler, "What's Wrong With 'All Lives Matter'?, New York Times, January 12, 2015.
- Jamilah King, "#blacklivesmatter: How three friends turned a spontaneous Facebook post into a global phenomenon," California Sunday Magazine, March 1, 2015.
- Jessica Guynn, "Meet the woman who coined #BlackLivesMatter," USA Today, March 4, 2015.
- Liz Pleasant, "Meet the Woman Behind #BlackLivesMatter—The Hashtag That Became a Civil Rights Movement," Yes Magazine, May 1, 2015.
- Joe Perticone, "The #BlackLivesMatter Movement Has a List of Demands and It’s…Something," Independent Journal, July 2015.
- Elizabeth Day, "#BlackLivesMatter: the birth of a new civil rights movement: How a new generation of tech-savvy activists made violence against African Americans into global headline news," The Guardian, July 19, 2015.
- Kevin Roose, "The next time someone says ‘all lives matter,’ show them these 5 paragraphs," Fusion, July 21, 2015.
- Alexandra Klausner, "Black mom becomes viral star with rant at Black Lives Matter protesters for rallying over death of 'thugs and criminals' instead of black on black crime," Daily Mail, August 23 2015.
- Lindsy Wallace, "Things Christians Probably Shouldn't Say: All Lives Matter," Light Breaks Forth, September 18, 2015.
- Dara Lind, "Why the Democratic candidates were just asked to choose between "Black Lives Matter" and "All Lives Matter"," Vox, October 13, 2015.
- Amber Payne, "Huckabee Says 'All Lives Matter', Explains Racism on Twitter," NBC News, October 14, 2015.
- David Sherfinski, "Ben Carson: ‘Of course all lives matter — and all lives includes black lives’," Washington Times, October 15, 2015.
- Mary Ramirez, "So, What’s Wrong With ‘All Lives Matter,’ Anyway?," The Blaze, October 17, 2015.
- "Do All Lives Matter or Only Black Ones?," Fox News, October 17, 2015.
- Matt Pearce, "Why the term 'Black Lives Matter' can be so confusing," LA Times, October 20, 2015.
- Sarah Wheaton, "Obama says all lives matter," Politico, October 22, 2015.
- Josh Feldman, "Obama on #BlackLivesMatter: Of Course All Lives Matter, But…," Mediaite, October 22, 2015.
- Michael Dorstewitz, "Obama’s defense of Black Lives Matter sparks outcry: ‘ALL lives matter, or NONE do’," BizPacReview, October 23, 2015.
- Jaylin Paschal, "Black Lives Matter vs. All Lives Matter: Why There Is An Emphasis On Black Lives," North Mont Surge, October 28, 2015.
- Alicia Garza, "A Herstory of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement by Alicia Garza," The Feminist Wire, October 7, 2014.
- Daniel S. Schatz, "On Being Asked to Change "Black Lives Matter" to "All Lives Matter", December 15, 2014. Unitarian Universalist Association.