Becoming Aware: Intersectionality in #BlackLivesMatter

Throughout the past few years, there has been a huge progress made in the #blacklivesmatter movement. Under a time of overwhelming political stress and social dysfunction, the #blacklivesmatter movement has not only brought up the need for awareness in the ways in which black women and men are victims of police brutality, but it has also allowed for people to become aware of the racism that is often ignored or disregarded in society. The first article I looked into was from Dissent Magazine (https://www.dissentmagazine.org/article/women-black-lives-matter-interview-marcia-chatelain) where the article introduces the movement, as well as the recent shift in agenda to focus more about exclusivity to support oppressed black and queer people. In this case, a discussion between Asoka and Chatelain revolves around the problems that are often left unnoticed in society; Chatelain also praises the movement’s focus around intersectionality and how it allows others to acknowledge the overlap between different groups and movements. By doing so, intersectionality becomes an important factor in approaching the #blacklivesmatter movement as a means of staying attentive to any overlap that may be considerably offensive.

In more research, I came across another article from The Hill (http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/civil-rights/325040-black-lives-matter-is-not-a-moment-but-a-movement) which focuses on how the #blacklivesmatter is not only a moment, but also a movement. In other words, the article underlines the idea that this is not only a snapshot created for awareness, but it is a transitioning and powerful agenda that aims to change mentalities. Furthermore, the article points out how intersectionality can essentially bring awareness to all members who are victims of oppression in the Black community, whether queer or female. By doing so, the #blacklivesmatter movement stresses the importance for a social shift towards justice and awareness. Since the movement is explained as inclusive, it does this through intersectionality to highlight the significance and need for social justice. Therefore, non-participants are allowed to understand and approach the movement in ways that will not harm or interfere with the agenda.

The last article I looked into was from the following link: http://prospect.org/article/inclusive-strength-blacklivesmatter

The article introduces the movement by mentioning several instances of police brutality on Black American citizens. It then digs deeper in explaining how the movement was initiated and why it has been able to gain much public attention. The article also talks more about its involvement with intersectionality, as it remains an inclusive group that aims to spotlight the transgressions against oppressed people of color. By doing so, this article also explains the importance and significance of the movement due to a long, restless history of violence and brutality against oppressed communities. As a person of color myself, the intersectionality within the #blacklivesmatter movement allows me to fight for those oppressed and bring awareness to these communities/people, yet it also allows me to recognize my own privilege through my own Asian ethnicity. As being a non-black American citizen, it is important for me to understand the unjust amount of racism and brutality against the Black community, and can only hope that this movement will prove to be effective (which it has been so far).

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