The Black Lives Matter movement was created and abruptly broke onto the scene in 2012 after the highly publicized unjust killing of Trayvon Martin. We all know that George Zimmerman was acquitted of any wrong doing in the case and posthumously Trayvon Martin was 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.
It goes beyond the narrow nationalism that can be prevalent within Black communities, which merely call on Black people to love Black, live Black and buy Black, keeping straight cis Black men in the front of the movement while our sisters, queer and trans and disabled folk take up roles in the background or not at all.
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 centers those that have been marginalized within Black liberation movements. It is a tactic to (re)build the Black liberation movement.
Since 1998, Australia’s Sydney University has honored an individual who embodied the spirit of fighting injustice with peace. This year marks the first time the Sydney Foundation has chosen a movement instead of a single person as a recipient of the prize.
Global peacemakers and past award recipients applauded the Sydney Foundation’s choice as “bold” and “inspired.” 2008 winner Pat Dodson, who won for his advocacy of Aborigines and Torres Pacifica Islanders, hailed Black Lives Matter as a movement that stood against “ignorance, hostility, discrimination, or racism.”
The prize will be awarded to the three co-founders at a November ceremony in Sydney. Past recipients include Desmond Tutu, Noam Chomsky and Muhammad Yunus, who also won the Nobel Peace Prize for pioneering the concept of microcredit and micro-finance.
I believe this a well-deserved honor for the movement as well the whole fight for equality of all things black and minority. This country or world hasn’t had a group dedicated to equality and justice for the black community since the Black Panther party in the 60’s before the FBI and American Government labeled them as a terrorist group. Like the Black Panther party the black lives matters party is about uniting the people and community by standing up for each other’s rights taking these tragedies to the media masses. The uniqueness of this organization and movement is that it is one that was created by strong women Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi whose movement hasn’t been always seen as a great social group fighting for justice. Have being accused by critics of stirring racist division and violence, while organizers and supporters, including former President Barack Obama, have praised the activists for highlighting police brutality, economic inequality and other societal woes in the aftermath of the 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown, 18, in Ferguson, Missouri, and other violence this award is befitting as justification.