image taken from http://blacklivesmatter.com/

No Justice, No Peace! We Gon’ Be Alright!  All of these are familiar chants that can be heard throughout the Black Lives Matter movement (BLM) at rallies, sit-ins, protests, etc.  It has been a tumultuous last few years in the political sphere of racial justice in the United States.  There have been many unjust killings of Black lives by the hands of the police from Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO to Sandra Bland in Hempstead, TX.  The movement is about, as stated by the Black Lives Matter website, “broadening the conversation around state violence to include all of the ways in which Black people are intentionally left powerless at the hands of the state. We are talking about the ways in which Black lives are deprived of our basic human rights and dignity”.

In my opinion the movement extends to mean much more than the physical violence that Black people face, but also fight for Black people to matter in all spaces.  For example the realm of higher education is a space that is not always welcoming to not only Black people, but also people of color.  It is a constant struggle to exist within these communities that do not fully accept you for who you are, that does not take care of your needs the same as others.  The fall semester of the 2015-2016 academic year has been rough for many student of color across the nation on college campuses, full of protests and rallies standing in solidarity together for trying to exist on a predominately white campus.  While it may seem that these protests have died down because they are no longer trending online does not mean the racial injustices have been solved.  We’re still here and we’re not finished yet.


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