Don't All Lives Matter? EMma ROjas

Segregation ended in 1964 but 82 years later we still have countless black people being oppressed due to the color of their skin.

"We're declining as a country and rapidly" says Sara B, a Westport mom. "Our children are living in a world were its okay to be mean and judge by first glance."

On February 26 2014 in Sanford Florida, Trayvon Martin a 17 year old black man was shot and killed. George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer says, "Martin had attacked him, hitting him in the nose and knocking him back into the pavement. It was only then, in self-defense, that he'd taken out his gun and shot the teen (Greg Botelho, CNN).

On April 11 Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder. He was later acquitted of all charges against him.

Numerous cases of black people being shot by civilians and police have swept the nation by storm, resulting in an international activist movement, Black Lives Matter. The Washington Post and other news sources have commented on the death toll but also on how the movement is portrayed.

Many say the movement is only causing more shootings, worse behavior and advocating violence.

James Smith of Staples High School stated, "While I don't agree with some of the things they do, the message is still the same. All lives matters, yes, but not all lives are being targeted". He went on to say, "If they were not singled out and attacked, we wouldn't be having this conversation".

"Police killed at least 102 unarmed black people in 2015, nearly twice each week".

"37% of unarmed people killed by police were black in 2015".

"Nearly 1 in 3 black people killed by police in 2015 were identified as unarmed".

"Unarmed black people were killed at 5x the rate of unarmed whites in 2015".

Some websites have the death toll along with a picture and description of the victim. They also have a map to show were in the country the shootings have taken place.

Black Lives Matter has continued to share it opinion and attract the attention of many.

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