Summary: - The Black Lives Matter movement began as a hashtag (#BlackLivesMatter) after 17 year old Treyvon Martin was shot by George Zimmerman while walking home eating a bag of skittles -George Zimmerman was acquitted which caused uproar and the hashtag started
Personal Impacts: - Black individuals increasingly are more likely to be killed by police - This movement was started to make a stand and stop the police violence against the black community - A call to action movement to raise awareness
Relation to Systemic Issues: - Police brutality, violence and fatal shootings particularly targeting the black community has been rampant today and historically. - The percentage of black men in prison is "13% of U.S. population, 40% of incarcerated population—2,306 per100,000" (Sensoy & DiAngelo, 149). - Black men are far more likely to be targeted as suspicious by police and far more likely to suffer from the over use of force - These issues are happening due to the undercurrents of racism in today's society set up through systematic barriers. - "The experience of oppressed people is that their lives are confined and shaped by forces and barriers that are not accidental, occasional, or avoidable, but are systematically related to each other in such a way as to restrict and penalize their movement" (Sensoy & DiAngelo, 91).
Summary: - A Chinese woman was slapped and then set on fire. - A shooting where 8 Asian women working in spas were killed. - Hundreds of other incidents have happened targeting Asian Canadians since the pandemic -Verbal abuse and physical assault against Asians is rising
Personal Impacts: - Since the Covid-19 pandemic has began, hate crimes against Asians in Canada around the world have risen - #StopAsianHate is a movement created to stand up against violence against Asians in Canada, the U.S. and around the world being targeted