I’m back again, for the last time. Yeah, the kid who’s doing the Black Lives Matter project for you and the world. Since you love me so much, read my previous blog posts again. And if you haven’t already checked them out, stop reading and go check them out RIGHT NOW- Part 1 and Part 2. In these, I talk about the importance of my topic, why I chose it, and how/what I researched. Now let’s get to the good stuff.
At first it took me a long time to figure out how I wanted to make a slight difference in the community. I reached out to those apart of BLM Philly. This is the only organization like this in Philadelphia, and they set up events to raise awareness. We spoke about creating some sort of program for children like me who want to make a difference, but the process was difficult so I decided to make a smaller, yet more significant impact. I spoke to all of the Freshmen of SLA, and attempted to get everyone to wear Black/Dark hoodies or sweaters in remembrance for Trayvon Martin, the man that sparked this movement and ultimately led to creating a better place for me and my people. Surprisingly, I got over 50 people to wear black, which touched my heart that I could raise that much aware for something so important to me and others. Many people suggested that I should do something like this in the future. For the future, I’m going to strive to create a Trayvon Martin Day, AKA #TrayDay. I am aware that this poses a lot of obstacles and challenges, but I’m prepared to gather other people who same the same passion for ‘Blackness’.
I want to thank my wonderful teacher for helping me and my classmates make a change and raise awareness. I want to thank my readers for coming along for the ride and I hope I inspired some young souls to conquer what they love. Lastly I want to honors those who lost their lives in the history of the Movement by saying, #BLACKLIVESMATTER!
Remember me? The kid with the Black Lives Matter project. If not, let me catch you up. Previously in my last blog post, I spoke about the significance of the movement, and why it was important to me. I think it’s safe to say I did pretty well. But let’s not get off topic because I’m sure you’ve been waiting for more. In my research, I’ve dug up more interesting facts and information that I’d like to share with you and the world.When I first began this project, I hadn’t even thought of how the Ku Klux Klan reacted to the start of this movement. In my recent research, I’ve learned that there are multiple BLM Hate groups. The most popular one is ‘White Lives Matter’. White Lives Matter is a Neo-Nazi organization, similar to the KKK. According to the coordinator, White Lives Matter “has no ties with the KKK.” On their website, their are 917 documents hate groups, and 33.1 percent are white supremacists/racist towards African Americans. This is a incredibly high amount for the BLM Movement to deal with. But in even more interesting news, there are 193 Black Separatists groups, which have ties to the Zulu and Black Panthers.
That was the statement I most agreed with because in the media, when we hear about an African-American being killed by police, we only tweet the hashtag for a few days before we move on to the next thing. This is not how I think we should handle situations. Unity is key. We should scream until our voices are heard. We should fight until the truth hurts. This is the only way we’ll make a difference. Once we realize that as a community, we’ll be successful.
Thank you for making it to the end, and for coming on this wonderful journey with me. If you learned something new, feel free to let me know! That means I’ve done my job. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org. Until we meet again, I’m signing off.
See my annotated bibliography here.
Negative space is dark spaces in pictures and drawings. It is usually the part that isn’t focused on much or shown.
I found the inside dark spaces, which were darkened. Darker spaces are identified as negative spaces.
When artists see in negative spaces, it makes it easier to see the positive spaces, which makes them better artists.
It does because the negative spaces makes the drawings stand out. When the negative spaces are perfected, the positive spaces are perfected.
Four years ago, one of the most controversial deaths of the decade kicked off the movement that we know today as Black Lives Matter movement. It all started with Florida teen, Trayvon Martin, when he was shot and killed by George Zimmerman on February 26th, 2012. George Zimmerman was acquitted (found not guilty) and many Black mothers in the state of Florida took to Instagram and twitter with the #BlackLivesMatter. This incident went viral after millions of people also shared their condolences to the Martin family. The rest was history.
My name is Rahmir Powell, and this is my ‘You & The World’ Project. My topic is the history of the Black Lives Matter Movement. I would like to start by informing you with all of the statistics I’ve pulled from my research. Since 2015, 59 of the largest police departments have killed over 1,000 people. In 2015 and 2016, over 400 African Americans were killed by police. Over 50% of the 400 were between the ages of 18-29 and around 20% were unarmed. According to this site, 368 African Americans have been killed by police in this year alone. According to this site, blacks are 3 times more likely to die by police than whites. These numbers should not represent our nation.
In my more recent research, I read that the BLM Movement in Philadelphia has been recently banning whites from attending their rallies. The media did not like this decision and in a blog by BillyPenn, the coordinators of the Movement have responded by saying “You can help us in other ways.” I understand the decision of banning whites, but I don’t fully agree with it. This movement was brought together by compassion for one another. We should let people of all races and backgrounds come together because our Nation is ‘United’. I’ve also read that about 2,000 protesters meet in Philadelphia every Sunday, to honor Trayvon Martin, who died on a Sunday. Shall we proceed?
Now that that's out of the way, I want to talk about my personal connection to this topic. Have you ever been hurt by something, but you can’t do anything to fix it? That’s how I feel every time I hear about another brother or sister being killed by shameless police officers. Trayvon Martin, Alton Sterling, Philando Castille, Tamir Rice, Mike Brown, Dontre Hamilton, Eric Garner, and many more. When the project was introduced to me, this was the first thing to come to mind. As an African American myself, I felt inclined to take on this redundant issue and run with it. I intend to get as much research as possible because knowledge is my weapon. The more I know, the more differences I can make.
These issues are significant because police should be protecting us, not killing us. Although this is a well-known topic, more people should be aware of how real Police Brutality is. It could happen to anyone and I know that there are good cops, but your straw could be pulled at any time. Hopefully those who follow me on this journey will be inspired to help raise awareness and support.
In conclusion, I’m glad that I have the opportunity to give back to my culture. Thank you for reading all the way to the end. If you have any questions you can email me: email@example.com. Before you go, ask yourself, ‘Am I a Bystander?’ If your answer was yes, then what are you waiting for?! Go out and make a difference.
If you want more information, check out my annotated bibliography here.
Soy Rahmir Powell
De Los Nativos Tambien
Nacido Solo Niño
Ahora Soy El Mayor Uno
Eso No Es Todo
Saboreo Pollo Y Carne
Canto Con Las Aves
Juego Con Los Reyes
Hablo Con El Poder
Necesito Mi Familia
Somos Productos De Ante Pasados
La Lengua de Pollo Y Carne
No Somos African. Soy de Africa
Africa esta en nosotros
Si Tengo Familia,
¡Hola! Me llamo Rahmir, Daeja, Briannie, y Rudolf. Somos estudiantes del primer año de Science Leadership Academy. SLA tiene muchos colores en los pasillos. Ofrecemos mucho deportes como fútbol, baloncesto, frisbee, animadoras, y pista. Science Leadership Academy esta en 22nd y Calle Arch.
Las clases que tenemos en SLA son inglés, historia, español, bioquímica, tecnología, ingeniería, álgebra, y drama. La clase favorita de nosotros es drama porque es muy divertida. Para inglés, necesitamos un cuaderno y necesitamos lo mismo para historía. Para bioquímica es importante tener la bata de laboratorio con nosotros. Para tener éxito en historia, necesitamos tomar apuntes. Para tener éxito en álgebra, necesitamos hacer la tarea todos los días.
Mi profesor favorito es el Sr. Kay. El Sr. Kay enseña drama e inglés. Me encanta porque él es divertido, fácil, y hacemos lo que queremos. Nuestros estudiantes son trabajadores, inteligentes, y divertidos. Me encanta SLA porque aceptamos a todos los estudiantes. Otra profesora me encanta la Srta. Giknis porque es cómica.
La gente en SLA es muy bonita. Me encanta SLA porque los estudiantes son divertidos. Lo que más nos gusta de SLA es almuerzo porque es muy delicioso y divertido. SLA es muy divertido, interesante y amistoso. Me gusta la diversidad en SLA.