This is Not a Moment, but a Movement.
#BlackLivesMatter was created in 2012 after Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman, was acquitted for his crime, and dead 17-year old Trayvon was posthumously placed on trial for his own murder. Rooted in the experiences of Black people in this country who actively resist our dehumanization, #BlackLivesMatter is a call to action and a response to the virulent anti-Black racism that permeates our society.Black Lives Matter is a unique contribution that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of Black people by police and vigilantes.
Black Lives Matter affirms the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, black-undocumented folks, folks with records, women and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. It centres those that have been marginalised within Black liberation movements. It is a tactic to (re)build the Black liberation movement.
#BlackLivesMatterUK began some time ago, but the Movement accelerated rapidly when the recent deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castille were caught on camera and seen around the world. It has outraged and angered people, whilst bringing to mind the instances of Police killings, and racism that exists in the UK, and around the World.