From the beginning of the Black Lives Matter Movement, the news outlets have played a huge role in how it is perceived by everyday Americans. Many Americans heavily rely on the news outlets to present them with a clear and accurate picture of a wide range of issues, especially the Black Lives Matter Movement. But what happens when the news outlets misrepresents the movement and what it stands for? Some interpretations of the movement argue that differential treatment of African Americans by the police cannot be ignored any longer, thus placing emphasis on police brutality and the injustice of the judicial system as a whole. Others argue that the valuing of black lives should start with the black community through the acknowledgement of “black on black crime”. While both arguments are valid, they should not be seen as separate interpretations of the Black Lives Matter Movement. Instead, they need to be discussed together to present the American people with a clear and accurate picture of the movement.
In Black Lives Matter Because America Tends to Forget, Johnny Ricks argues that the Black Lives Matter movement is crucial in today’s society because America needs a constant reminder of why racial equality is important. He corroborates this by highlighting the differential treatment of African Americans by the police department and the judicial system. “From “stop & frisk,” to racial profiling of motorists, to gross disparities in criminal sentencing, the evidence is as plentiful as it is clear – government sanctioned persecution of black Americans, under the guise of criminal justice is real.” (Ricks). This clearly presents a need for the Black Lives Matter ...
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...rge Orwell’s point: “A speaker who uses that kind of phraseology has gone some distance toward turning himself into a machine.” (Orwell 7) Overall, I feel that his continuous use of pretentious diction is unnecessary and avoidable.
Overall, I believe that both the differential treatment of African Americans and the value of black lives should start with the black community are very important issues in the BLM movement. However, I disagree that they should be discussed as separate issues. If the black community values black lives full heartedly and the rest of Americans do not, then there will be no impact. The same will occur if the differential treatment of black Americans stops – there will still be differential treatment within the black community. Therefore both issues go hand in hand and must be discussed together to find a long lasting solution to these issues.
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