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African-American Rights Movements: Black Lives Matter
To supporters, it is a respectable civil rights movement. To critics, it’s an anti-police organization that deserves to be banned. Co-founder Patrisse Cullors shares reflections on the state of Black Lives Matter and its future
Simmons, Ann M., and Jaweed Kaleem. “A Founder of Black Lives Matter Answers a Question on Many Minds: Where Did It Go?” Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times, 25 Aug. 2017, www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-patrisse-cullors-black-lives-matter-2017-htmlstory.html.
On Twitter’s 10-year anniversary, the site published a list of the most used hashtags related to social causes. Two of the top three were directly related to issues of race. According to Twitter, #Ferguson was the most used social-issue hashtag in the 10-year history of the platform, while #BlackLivesMatter was third.
Anderson, Monica, and Paul Hitlin. “3. The Hashtag #BlackLivesMatter Emerges: Social Activism on Twitter.” Pew Research Center: Internet, Science & Tech, 15 Aug. 2016, www.pewinternet.org/2016/08/15/the-hashtag-blacklivesmatter-emerges-social-activism-on-twitter/.
A recent Pew Research Center survey conducted Feb. 29-May 8, 2016, found that general awareness of Black Lives Matter is widespread among black and white U.S. adults, but attitudes about the movement vary considerably between groups.
Horowitz, Juliana Menasce, and Gretchen Livingston. “How Americans View the Black Lives Matter Movement.” Pew Research Center, 8 July 2016, www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/07/08/how-americans-view-the-black-lives-matter-movement/.