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Black Lives Matter
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What’s going on this week?
There have been several nights of protests and violent clashes between police and protestors as demonstrations have swept across cities in the US and other cities around the world.
The protests in Minneapolis began in reaction to the death of a man named George Floyd after he was stopped by police officers. The protests have now spread across the country to cities including New York, LA, Chicago and Philadelphia.
While many protests have been peaceful, many places have seen rioting, looting and violence and President Trump has said he will call in the army if things aren't brought back under control.
What does Black Lives Matter mean?
Things to talk about at home:
- Look at the poster image, are you aware of the protests currently taking place in America and in other cities around the world?
- Many people are angry about the unfairness and mistreatment of how black African American citizens are treated by the police and in other situations within their lives. They want to raise awareness of racism and are trying to change the opinions and actions of others.
- As some of the protests have turned violent, they have caused divided opinion. Some people believe that more peaceful methods should be used to help educate and initiate change.
Listen, think, share:
- Many people in America feel the police and the justice system treat black people unfairly compared to how they treat white people.
- African Americans are five times more likely to be sent to jail than white Americans. Does this surprise you?
- Have you head of the Black Lives Matters movement?
- The recent protests have brought the ongoing movement to the forefront of peoples’ attention all around the world. The movement campaigns against violence and racism and fights for equality for black people around the world, starting in 2013
On Tuesday 2nd June, millions of people around the world shared a plain black image as part of ‘Black Tuesday’, a global event to protest against racial inequality. Organisers behind the movement asked people to, post a picture of a black square on their social media account, mute their account for the day and use the time they would otherwise be on social media to educate themselves on Black Lives Matter.
Do you think Blackout Tuesday was an effective way to raise awareness?
What do you think the benefits are for pausing and using the time to learn?
Can you think of any other ways to raise awareness about an issue we care about
- Black Lives Matter and Blackout Tuesday are movements to both raise awareness and educate people about racial inequalities around the world.
- Racism is something we can all learn about and find out ways that we can support and promote equality for all.
- Can you find out more about a person influential to the black civil rights movement?
- We have shared two videos here about Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, but you can choose someone else if you would rather.
Martin Luther King