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Black Girl Magic of the Week

Jealena Dillard

The powerful movement #BlackLivesMatter was created by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi. The hashtag turned movement was created after 17 year old Trayvon Martin was placed on trial for his own murder. Killer George Zimmerman was not held accountable for the crime he chose to commit.

Before BLM was created, these women were already making a difference in their communities. Patrisse Cullors is a reinvestment director at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights located in Oakland, California. Cullors mentioned she got into this work because she was deeply impacted by the police system and the world of incarceration. Alicia Garza is a special projects director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance. Garza has been organizing at the intersections of economic, gender and racial justice. Opal Tometi is the executive director of the Black Alliance for Justice Immigration. Having to experience the life of being a daughter of Nigerian immigrants really drove Tometi to be part of the change she wants to see. 

Black Lives Matter allows my generation to make a change and voice our opinion. It's a way for black people to love each other again, the skin we're in and show the world the love that we have within ourselves. What I love the most about Black Lives Matter is that it was created by women. Since the beginning of movement, women have been the backbone of it all. Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Corretta Scott King, Assata Shakur, Kathleen Cleaver and Angela Davis are perfect examples. Black women are known for being extremely strong and playing strategic roles despite the fact that we're women. We will continue to defend our brothers and sisters until we don't have to anymore. 

A lot of people, both black and white, don't seem to to understand the reason many people say #BlackLivesMatter. I'm more than happy to clear things up for the confused souls. Of course Black Lives Matter doesn't mean any other ethnicity life doesn't. However, no other ethnicity but black lives always seems to hold any value to the system and white supremacy. ''African American" people especially black men have to deal with violence and discrimination when it comes to law enforcement. It's to the point where every black person knows there's a 98% chance whomever the officer is will receive no consequences. Just leave with pay for a couple of weeks, which in my eyes is a paid vacation. For example, Alton Sterling was shot multiple times for selling CDs outside of a store with the owners permission. Brock Turner rapes a unconscious girl and only gets 6 months in jail. Black people aren't asking for any special privileges nor hand outs, we only want to stop being killed. I believe they know Black Lives Matter, that's why this is a ongoing situaton since before I was born in 1993. It's mind blowing to me that in 2016, we are still fighting for something bigger than civil rights and that's human rights.