Black Lives Matter – Opinion

Over the last nine months, the Black Lives Matter movement has been in the media spotlight, most notably after the unjust death of 46-year-old George Floyd this past May in Minneapolis. 

A video of a police officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck, while three other police officers stood nearby, went viral across all social media platforms this summer. His death in the video enraged many Americans, leading to large protests for months in Minneapolis as well as many cities, large and small, across the country.

This has led to many discussions among students at Haslett High School about the BLM movement, especially of the importance of who needs to be educated about the movement.

“Students and teachers should educate themselves more and have a more open mind,” Ramon Byrd, a junior said.

The Black Lives Matter organization was founded on July 13, 2013. It is a political and social movement that advocating for non-violent civil disobedience in protest against incidents of police brutality and all racially motivated violence against black people. 

Many people tend to argue that this movement is politically based, but that is wrong. The movement is simply about basic human rights and people finally wanting to abolish the same systems that have oppressed them for centuries.

We are in 2020 and there are people who still think they are superior solely because of the complexion of their skin. Others simply are not educated enough about ongoing oppression and the reality of systemic racism. 

Junior Caitlin Caster believes these ideas to be true.

“I think the black community is extremely overlooked with how they are being treated,” Caster said. 

With these newer generations, we need our voices to be heard and fight for what is right: equality for all no matter what race, gender identity, or financial class someone belongs to. All humans should be treated the same; after all, we all bleed red.