#Blacklivesmatter is a Global Movement

The black lives matter movement has been a driving force in the United States for bringing awareness to police brutality and mistreatment of African Americans, but the can frame the movement as only holding ground in the U.S. and not recognizing other black lives matter chapters around the globe.

Canada and many countries in Europe such as France, The Netherlands, and England have started black lives matter movements bringing attention to how individuals of color are mistreated. The black lives matter movement in Toronto started in response to the non-indictment of Ferguson police officer, Darren Wilson, and has been said that the movement is badly needed in the country. The police practice of “carding” in Canada has become a major issue for targeting people of color.

“Police will stop a civilian on the street, usually also sometimes in their cars, and the initial reason why they are stopped is not apparent. And when you’re stopped, you are asked to provide police with identification which they record and store in a police database.

Black people have been reported to be three times more likely to be carded and have their name stored in the police database than white people. A major issue with the practice of carding is that no one knows what the police do with the information.

“some of these statistics are used to further criminalize people. If you’ve been stopped and carded, that is used against you in criminal cases to show that you’ve had interactions with police.”

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Europe has created their own black lives matter movement. In Paris there was a protest when two police officers,who did not prevent the electrocution of two teenagers one black and one Arab, were acquitted . Another protest in London came in the wake of London police leaving a black man in a vegetative state after they beat him in the back of a police van. Because Europe has been shaped in the media to have less offenses of police brutality and gun violence compared to America, the racial discrimination of people of color has been swept under the rug.

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Because Europe has a large population of Arabs, North Africans, and West Africans seeking refuge, many of them are discriminated against and forces to live on the outskirts of the cities.

“It’s not hard to see why the Black Lives Matter movement resonates. Since August 2014 there have been regular actions not only in Paris and London—European capitals with large and impoverished black populations—but also in cities with smaller black minorities, such as Amsterdam and Berlin”

What’s different about the black lives matter movement in Europe than in the U.S. is that other racial groups have banned together. The treatment of blacks and Muslims does not differ much in these European countries, so these racial groups have a shared experience of racial discrimination, allowing them to come together and form a larger movement.

I think it is important for the American media to recognize the global significance of the black lives matter movement, instead of depicting the movement to be viewed as “radical”. It is clear that this movement has had a global impact on people of color around the world, and it should not be ignored.

http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2015/08/07/427729459/heres-what-black-lives-matter-looks-like-in-canada

http://inthesetimes.com/article/18042/black-lives-matter-in-europe-too

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “#Blacklivesmatter is a Global Movement

  1. This images in this post are quite surprising to me as I had no idea that there were any sort of Black Lives Matter Movements occurring in other countries and specifically continents. If I stop to think about why this comes as a surprise, I realize the answer is that my only perception of what social issues occur in these countries is through media, since I am not a frequent international traveller. As this blog points out, since the media does not show the protests against police brutality in countries such as Europe, it is unknown to many people like me how globally significant the movement has been.

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  2. I find it fascinating that in Europe, racial minorities who face similar discrimination and persecution all band together to protest their mistreatment. Regardless of whether the individuals from these minority groups are considered black or Arab, they are able to bond over their common plight and fight together for the equal treatment they deserve. As we studied throughout the semester, such uniting of all oppressed minority groups to join forces in fighting against discrimination is not the case in the United States. As various immigrant groups (the Irish, Italians, Eastern Europeans) arrived in the land of liberty during the late 19th century and early 20th century, they faced discrimination on the basis of their ethnicities. The period of European immigrants’ oppression aligned time-wise with widespread anti-African American terrorism and persecution. However, European immigrants never aligned themselves socially with African Americans. When trying to elevate their own groups, they never tried to band with oppressed black Americans to fight for equality together. Eventually, these formerly oppressed groups of European immigrants surpassed African Americans in social standing, and they never looked back at the people whose social status they had once shared. This speaks volumes about the particular stigma of being a black American person, as compared to being a black person in other countries in the world. Even other groups at the bottom of the social totem pole did not want to associate themselves with African Americans. Perhaps this is because by the time the Irish, Italians and Eastern European immigrants were trying to assimilate into American society, most black Americans had been in the country for at least a generation, and so the European immigrants didn’t feel the solidarity of being immigrants with African Americans. Meanwhile, in Europe, many of the black people fighting for equality are immigrants or children of immigrants, just as are many Arab people fighting for equality. They therefore feel bonded over the experience of belonging to immigrant families. No matter what the explanation is, this just proves even further to me that being a black American is a very unique experience, even when compared to other black people who face discrimination in other countries. At least they have the solidarity and support of someone. Meanwhile, it often seems black Americans are left by every other minority group to fight their fight on their own.

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