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About #BlackLivesMatter

Black Lives Matter is a unique contribution that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of Black people by police and vigilantes. It goes beyond the narrow nationalism that can be prevalent within some Black communities, which merely call on Black people to love Black, live Black and buy Black, keeping straight cis Black men in the front of the movement while our sisters, queer and trans and disabled folk take up roles in the background or not at all. Black Lives Matter affirms the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, Black-undocumented folks, folks with records, women and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. It centers those that have been marginalized within Black liberation movements. It is a tactic to (re)build the Black liberation movement.

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28

Every twenty-eight hours a black man, woman, or child is murdered by police or vigilante law enforcement.
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35

The average life expectancy for a black transgender woman is 35 years old.
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6x

Black women are incarcerated at a rate 6 times that of white women.
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74.1

Percent of Black disabled people who are unemployed.
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500,000

Number of undocumented Black immigrants in the U.S.
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60%

Percentage of Black girls sexually assaulted before age 18.

Black Lives Matter is a unique contribution that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of Black people by police and vigilantes. It goes beyond the narrow nationalism that can be prevalent within some Black communities, which merely call on Black people to love Black, live Black and buy Black, keeping straight cis Black men in the front of the movement while our sisters, queer and trans and disabled folk take up roles in the background or not at all. Black Lives Matter affirms the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, Black-undocumented folks, folks with records, women and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. It centers those that have been marginalized within Black liberation movements. It is a tactic to (re)build the Black liberation movement.

  • 28

    Every twenty-eight hours a black man, woman, or child is murdered by police or vigilante law enforcement.
  • 35

    The average life expectancy for a black transgender woman is 35 years old.
  • 6x

    Black women are incarcerated at a rate 6 times that of white women.
  • 74.1

    Percent of Black disabled people who are unemployed.
  • 500,000

    Number of undocumented Black immigrants in the U.S.
  • 60%

    Percentage of Black girls sexually assaulted before age 18.

Black Lives Matter is a unique contribution that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of Black people by police and vigilantes.  It goes beyond the narrow nationalism that can be prevalent within some Black communities, which merely call on Black people to love Black, live Black and buy Black, keeping straight cis Black men in the front of the movement while our sisters, queer and trans and disabled folk take up roles in the background or not at all.  Black Lives Matter affirms the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, Black-undocumented folks, folks with records, women and all Black lives along the gender spectrum.  It centers those that have been marginalized within Black liberation movements.  It is a tactic to (re)build the Black liberation movement.

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