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.”
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.
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.