The Black Lives Matter Movement: Tomorrow’s Generation
By Andrew Council
The Black Lives Matter Movement has gained even more attention, especially in the last week, through newspaper articles, magazines, and mainly social media.
Most stories, however, do not focus on the younger generation’s viewpoints and how they feel about what has happened.
“A lot of people see the Black Lives Matter Movement as saying only black lives matter,” said Allayne Thomas, 17, a rising senior at Enloe High School.
“I think that is something that really needs to be addressed from the younger generation especially because it is what we will be taking over. We want others to understand that there are so many problems among many different groups, and that each of them can be addressed without ignoring the rest,” Thomas said.
The Black Lives Matter Movement started with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter, on social media sites such as Instagram and Twitter. The hashtag came into play after the death of African-American teenager, Trayvon Martin.
The Black Lives Matter Movement was recognized nationally for its public street demonstrations after the deaths of two more African-Americans: Michael Brown, which led to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City.
Paris Alston, 22, a graduate at UNC Chapel Hill, talked about how she felt about the movement and everything that has happened recently. “One thing that was really big for me last week was the role that social media played. Everyone I knew was posting about this,” she said.
“I think that’s our problem now. We don’t know what to do,” Alston said. “We don’t know how to assemble ourselves because everybody ‘s either so into their phones or into their computer and that it is something that they can hide behind. I think that we all have to figure out what is the one thing that we can do that can add to the whole movement.”
Thomas described her response to Philando Castile’s shooting death in Minnesota and how his girlfriend’s daughter had to comfort her own mother in the back of a police car. “Little children have to grow up in the heat of society,” she said.
Jhazmine Griffin, 17, a student at South Creek High School, elaborated on how she thought the Black Lives Matter Movement would affect our future. She expressed her concern for the younger generation, and how if the violence keeps occurring, it will lead to anarchy within society.
Griffin is very passionate about civil rights issues and current events taking place in today’s society. “Black Lives Matter means more to me than just a movement. It should be a lifestyle. It represents racial equality, and everything that our forefathers fought for,” she said.
“I often think about my younger family members who will be affected by the violence that has recently occurred,” Griffin said. “Imagine if this keeps up for 10 years. I believe we, as the younger generation, should become more involved with the movement, and actually try to spark a change. We should all come together and achieve the equality that we deserve.”