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How Mike Brown’s Shooting and the Ferguson Protests Made Journalism Even More Important to Me

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When Mike Brown was killed in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9, 2014, I was still in journalism school at Arizona State University, learning more about the effective use of social media and blogs and the impact they can have on social movements. I was not aware of how important that information was going to become for me until months later, when the movement to save black lives came to the forefront of our collective social conscience.

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Lawyer Tries to Crowdfund Lawsuit Against Black Lives Matter, YouCaring Says ‘Nah’

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Black Lives Matter Protest (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images)

A personal injury attorney representing Baton Rouge police officers in two separate lawsuits against Black Lives Matter attempted to raise $20,000 for her cases through a crowdfunding website, but her campaign was taken down on Sunday not being within the “community guidelines around promoting harmony.”

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Black Lives Matter LA Issues Demand to NRA

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Black Lives Matter LA (YouTube screenshot)

Last week the NRA reposted a controversial propaganda video disguised as a recruitment ad that takes aim at the Black Lives Matter movement and uses lies in order to whip its supporters into a frenzy and encourage them to take up arms to protect themselves from a supposed enemy. Friday, a Black Lives Matter chapter in Los Angeles shot back with a video of its own.

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Black Lives Matter Protesters Interrupt Twin Cities Pride Festival

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Black Lives Matter Die-In at Twin Cities Pride Festival (Twitter/@susanelizabethl)

Black Lives Matter demonstrators briefly halted the 2017 Twin Cities Pride Festival this past weekend in downtown Minneapolis, upset over the inclusion of police officers in the parade in the wake of the acquittal of a Minnesota police officer in the shooting death of Philando Castile.

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Movement for Black Lives Responds to the Question ‘What Happened to Black Lives Matter?’

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Demonstrators, marking the one-year anniversary of the shooting of Michael Brown, protest along West Florrisant Street on August 10, 2015 in Ferguson, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

An article was published Wednesday that questioned the organization, the leadership, the purpose, the plans and the goals of Black Lives Matter. It was an article that organizers in the Movement for Black Lives say included multiple inaccuracies, and as the group seeks corrections or a retraction, they responded with an op-ed of their own to set the record straight.

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White Liberal Tears and Racism in Seattle After Teachers Wear ‘Black Lives Matter’ T-Shirts

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CHARLOTTE, NC – SEPTEMBER 25: A young boy eats a donut as he walks with demonstrators down a street outside of Bank of America Stadium before an NFL football game between the Charlotte Panthers and the Minnesota Vikings September 25, 2016 in Charlotte, NC. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

Last October, teachers in the Seattle Public Schools district planned a Black Lives Matter in the Seattle Public Schools event that consisted of wearing t-shirts with the slogan printed on them, despite the fact that a similar effort at Seattle’s John Muir Elementary in September was met with criticism, hate mail and threats of violence.

Black Lives Matter Chicago Files Lawsuit Seeking Federal Oversight of Police Department

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CHICAGO, IL – NOVEMBER 25: Demonstrators confront police during a protest over the death of Laquan McDonald on November 25, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Lawyers for Black Lives Matter Chicago and other community groups filed a class-action lawsuit Wednesday, accusing Mayor Rahm Emanuel of trying to cut “a back-room deal” with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and demanding federal oversight of the city’s police department.

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Accomplices in Shooting at #JamarClark Protest Plead Guilty

Nathan Gustavvson and Joseph Backman

Nathan Wayne Gustavvson (L) and Joseph Martin Backman (R) (Minneapolis Police Department)

Two of the men who were with convicted shooter Allen “Lance” Scarsella on Nov. 23, 2015 when he shot five Black Lives Matter activists at the Minneapolis Fourth Precinct during a protest decrying the death of Jamar Clark pleaded guilty Monday, and prosecutors say they will seek jail time for both.

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Eureka, Calif., Firefighter Wants to Wear ‘Black Lives Matter’ Pin On His Uniform

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Black Lives Matter Protest (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images)

A firefighter in Eureka, Calif., has filed a grievance with the Joint Powers Authority, the governing body of the Humboldt Bay Fire, after he was forced remove a ‘Black Lives Matter’ pin from his uniform shirt.

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Vacaville, Calif., Students Win Fight to Include Black Lives Matter Tribute in Their High School Yearbook

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Los Angeles, USA – July 12, 2016 – Black lives matter protestor put their fists in the air as a sign of ‘black power’ on City Hall following ruling on LAPD fatal shooting of African American female Redel Jones (iStock)

Two high school students in Vacaville, Calif., were asked to complete a project for their yearbook that paid tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement. They were later told the project would not run in the yearbook because it was “racist” and divided the student body.

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People Gather For Two Demonstrations in OKC After Betty Shelby is Found Not Guilty

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Betty Shelby (Tulsa, Okla., County Jail)

The weekend after Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby was found not guilty of manslaughter in the shooting death of unarmed black motorist Terence Crutcher, people gathered for rallies in Oklahoma City on two separate days to say “Black Lives Matter.”

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I posted about Ziad Ahmed on The Root and it brought all the trolls out

Ziad Ahmed is the Muslim teen who answered a question on his Stanford admission application with the hasthag #BlackLivesMatter pasted 100 times.

Ziad was accepted by Stanford, and while his bold statement may not be the reason he was admitted, it definitely put an exclamation point on the career of an 18-year-old who has already been invited to the White House, worked on two presidential campaigns and created two youth organizations. We should be praising him regardless of whether or not is statement is what got him in.

We should be praising him because he is the future, and he is already making an impact on the world.

Of course, in the online world, writing about something like this usually leads to the types of responses that let you know people just love to be miserable, hateful, and downright disrespectful.

I’m not as bothered by the people arguing that it’s not the statement that got him in. So what. We don’t care about that.

I’m more concerned about the people who feel the need to comment with hate and vitriol thrown at a teenager who is just trying to leave some good in the world. The Islamophobia is sickening.

But there is something else mixed in with the Islamophobia. It’s that old throwback hate against the very idea that Black Lives Matter.

Black Lives Matter, and saying that out loud should not be a problem for anyone. No one is saying that Black Lives Matter more than other lives. No one is saying that in order to preserve Black lives we are going to take out other lives. No one is asking for anything more than the recognition of the humanity of a people who built this damn country on their own blood, sweat, and tears, but are still considered “other” and “unworthy” in the eyes of a dying minority that wants to use the illusion of a majority to remain in control.

So, yes. I wrote about Ziad Ahmed’s Stanford statement. I wrote about it because what he did was important, regardless to how you feel about it.

And that an 18-year-old Muslim boy from Bangladesh could make such a bold statement gives me hope for the future.

Is your activism performative or substantive? One New Jersey teen knew exactly how to show his answer to that question when filling out his application to Stanford University. Asked “What matters to you, and why?” the teen could think of only one thing: #BlackLivesMatter.

Ziad Ahmed wrote the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter 100 times, and that one act of activism paid off. According to a Mic profile of Ahmed, he received his letter of acceptance from Stanford on Friday.

Source: Muslim Teen Writes #BlackLivesMatter 100 Times for His Stanford Application Statement, Gets Accepted

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