‘Black Lives Matter’ is not a moment in time but a fully-fledged movement, and we all need to jump on board. While the campaign obviously originated in America as a result of police brutality against African Americans, it is imperative that everyone educates themselves on this global issue and recognises the importance of spreading awareness of injustice. In saying this, even though #BLM needs to be addressed most prominently in America, it can have an effect all over the world- we just need to look back to Australia’s origins to realise that we aren’t innocent either. Speaking openly about ‘Black Lives Matter’ could open further conversation for social issues a little closer to home, and not just the invasion/settlement issue but the ‘Bring Them Home’ movement, which refers to the current refugee predicament Australia is facing. Learn how to make a difference by having a read of this empowering article by a fave blog of mine, ‘The Messy Heads.’
In the wake of the unjust deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling, something needs to be said here. More importantly, these are not isolated incidents and so many unjust killings do not reach mass consciousness because nobody was there to hit record. Regardless of your political views or your stance on this issue, a black man should not be shot five times at a routine traffic stop. A black man should not be shot four times when he is already pinned down by two police officers. 500+ people should not be killed by cops this year alone. There is major reform that needs to be done to ensure that our brothers and sisters of this nation are not consistently targeted and prejudged for their skin color when it comes interactions with law enforcement.
Here are the facts.
Every 7 hours cops kill an American Citizen
Only 1% of cops are…
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