What is Black Lives Matter?
Black Lives Matter is a global organization whose mission is to dismantle white supremacy and bring awareness and change into the local systems (ex. police) that continuously affect Black communities. The organization also focuses on creating a space for Black people to showcase their innovations, share their imaginations, aspirations and their joy, whether it’s through their communities or their passion. For more information, click here: blacklivesmatter.com
What is Black Lives Matter’s involvement with the Criminal Justice system?
People of color, specifically Black/African Americans, make up a great percentage of the incarceration rate in America. Nazgol Ghandnoosh, Ph.D., Research Analyst at The Sentencing Project wrote a report in 2014 explaining the racial inequality in the criminal justice system. Some of the information that Dr. Nazgol Ghandnoosh provides are the causes of racial disparities in the criminal justice system, its outcomes and best practices for reducing racial disparities. Since the Black Lives Matter organization’s mission is to combat and counter any acts of violence against black communities, the criminal justice system has a history in mistreating and racially profiling black individuals. This has contributed to the increase in the incarceration rate of Black people.
For more information, click here: Black Lives Matter: Eliminating Racial Inequity in the Criminal Justice System.
Additional Links to get informed on the movement:
Black Lives Matter: A Curated Collection of Links. (Marshall Project)