‘Black Lives Matter’ is a movement that tackles institutional racism in the US, especially the system violence against black people by the large white people force. When George Floyd died on last Monday, after being pinned down by the knee by white police officer Derek Chauvin, the entire state of Minneapolis rose to protest and the fire is still burning.
There is still violence and protest prevailing around the whole United States and the protests have also reached India. Many Indian celebrities and Bollywood stars came forward to support the movement.
There was this video of a black girl which was posted by several Hollywood stars which went viral on the internet. In the video, the black girl is speaking about how she feels when they (black people) are treated differently; she broke into tears while speaking that how they have to protest against white people just to get equal rights. The video is very sad and disheartening as they are spending all their lives just to get equal rights, is miserable.
Many Bollywood celebrities reposted the video to support the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement. Singer Neha Kakkar posted the video and wrote, “Yes baby girl!! 🥺♥️🙌🏼 #StopRacism 🙏🏼 #georgefloyd. Treat Everyone Equally 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼” actress Urvashi Rautela also posted the video and wrote, “The new racism is to deny racism exists. Dear non-black friends……. I’m paying attention to your silence and stillness.” Another factor which came forward for the cause is Suniel Shetty, he posted a picture of a cop and a black child which was heartbreaking as the cop asked the child what do we want to be when he grows up and the child says “Alive”
‘Black Lives Matter’ movement is an activist movement which was started in 2013. It basically protests speaking out against police killings of black people, and broader issues such as racial profiling, police brutality and racial inequality in the United States criminal justice system. The movement began in 2013 after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of African-American teen Trayvon Martin in February 2012. After that, the movement became nationally recognised for street demonstrations and trends on social media with hashtag #BlackLivesMatter.