During its first year, the group drew little attention. In that Missouri city, on August 14, 2014, Michael Brown was shot dead by a white police officer.The 18-year-old and 300-pound Brown, described as a “gentle giant,” carried no weapon at the time of his death.

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And if these things are not true, then what is Black Lives Matter really after?

To explore this we must first look more closely at the story of Ferguson.

Is it true, as Black Lives Matter asserts and its very name suggests, that American society as a whole deems black lives to be devoid of value?

Is it true, as it further asserts, that the deaths of blacks at the hands of police reflect racism and worse?

Although 16 police officers received injuries, only one rioter was arrested.

Charlotte’s demonstrators had taken to the streets spontaneously.He spoke in defense of the now ubiquitous slogan when others asked, Don’t all lives matter?And he went out of his way to defend the group at a memorial service two years later for five Dallas policemen murdered by a black sniper at a Black Lives Matter demonstration. Hillary Clinton met with a delegation of Black Lives Matter activists who, according to Time, inspired her to denounce “mass incarceration” and propose a “new New Deal” for ethnic minorities.But the national protest movement that has emerged on this issue over the past two years does have a group, or coalition of groups, at its core, and it is called Black Lives Matter.The Black Lives Matter website and the Twitter hash tag #Black Lives Matter had been launched in 2013 by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tomeki—all in their thirties and all veteran activists. victories for the abolitionist movement.” The word “abolitionist” here refers to a vision of doing away entirely with the law-enforcement and criminal-justice systems.The entertainment and news media lavished attention on the new movement.