Activism among black people is not a recent development. As a result, the current activism in America continues the country’s long history of activism. Black people began rising throughout the civil rights era. Still, it wasn’t until 1966 that the Black People Movement was officially founded after the shooting death of Matthew Johnson, an unarmed 16-year-old, in San Francisco. In fact, after the 2013 murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, Black Lives Matter (BLM) was founded on the same principles 50 years later. The Black Lives Matter movement, which advocates for the protection of “Black Humanity” in America and fights against police brutality, carries out the aspirations of colored Americans today. Despite their apparent parallels, both revolutions contrast in their tactical strategies and ideological allegiances. Racism has been a problem in America for a very long time; as a result, Black movements have constantly emerged over the years to try to combat this horror.
The fact that the two organizations use the same communication strategies accounts for their similarity. Both movements exhibit significant radicalization that drives them to continue fighting racism despite receiving little support from the general public or coverage of their complaints in the mainstream media. Instead, they use spoken or unspoken words to network and raise awareness among their supporters across America. For instance, in the 1960s, the Black Panthers created their weekly newspaper, which Culture Emory art directed and used to depict the injustices faced by black people (Carson and Garrow 335). This paper included intricate illustrations that other mainstream media outlets would never have dared to publish.
The BLM currently takes the same aggressive stance when addressing Black issues on many internet channels.