Black Lives Matter, a grassroots social justice movement that protests police violence against unarmed Black and Latino people, is sweeping the country and growing every day. From the Millions March to “die-ins,” activists of all ages are raising voices and fists to demand an end to police killings of unarmed Black and Latino people.
In black and Latino communities throughout the United States, many young people feel harassed by and unsafe around the people who are supposed to be there to protect and serve them: the police.
On November 2, 2013, Renisha McBride, a 19-year-old African American woman, was killed by 54-year-old homeowner Theodore Wafer after she knocked on his door in a suburb of Detroit.
On July 13, 2013, George Zimmerman was acquitted of killing Trayvon Martin, an unarmed 17-year-old African American. The verdict led thousands of people across the nation to protest, believing that it demonstrated the persistent unfair treatment toward African Americans in this country.
Trayvon Martin was a normal 17-year-old boy in Sanford, Florida walking down the street with a hoodie, Skittles and and some iced tea. His murder by a neighborhood watchman has aroused outrage and calls for justice.