What Does Black Lives Matter Mean?


Somfe Nzekum, Staff Writer

On The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Vice President-Elect, Kamala Harris said, “But they’re not going to stop. They’re not going to stop. They’re not. This is a movement. I’m telling you. They’re not going to stop, and everyone, beware. Because they’re not going to stop. They’re not going to stop before election day in November, and they are not going to stop after election day. And everyone should take note of that on both levels. That they’re not going to let up. And they should not, and we should not.”

Black lives matter. A phrase most hear every day, but what does it actually mean? That depends on who is being asked. And what would it mean in a perfect world?

Some people may say that the Black Lives Matter (BLM) means a group of people using their first amendment rights to speak out against injustice.  Mrs. Patricia Kelly, teacher, said that she believes it is a group of people working to prevent injustice. She also said that the group works to address social and cultural issues. In a perfect world everyone would be treated equally, respectfully, and have the same rights. No one would fear injustice. Since no one would fear injustice there would be no need for protests and riots.

Other people may say it is a movement. Mr. Solomon Ferris, teacher, said, “The BLM movement is a chance to give a voice to people that have been oppressed and hurting for far too long. As a white male, this movement has allowed me to take a step back and listen, and then join in the fight against oppression.” He said in a perfect world this movement would be accepted. This group that has been oppressed for centuries would be treated the same as everyone else. Piperlynn Kramer, seventh grader, said that BLM means,“ No matter what race you are, you should be treated equally. In a perfect world it would just mean that everyone is happy, and there is equality.”

Some said that BLM is a statement or fundamental truth. Mr. Iloba Nzekwu said, “It is the fundamental truth of the value of a human being. It’s not supposed to suggest no other life matters. It is to show that some people have been long overlooked and subjected. They have the same rights and diet as everyone else. With that they should have the same opportunities, the same dreams, and their own voice. They are as much American as everyone else. Black Lives Matter is not rioting. It’s not protesting, it is the mere thought that freedom is something we all share. The American dream applies to everyone and while all lives have value black lives matter just as much.” He also said, “In a perfect world, BLM would not have to be said. We would just live. No one would have to prove their worth to anyone else.”

It is clear that BLM though it sounds simple, can have a different meaning to different people.  One thing is clear; this is a Nation-wide movement, and it is not going anywhere.