“We’re still fighting to be free. Every once in a while it looks like we’re gonna get there – and then it all gets killed” – J.C. Faulk, community organiser in Baltimore
For African Americans like J.C. Faulk, the great civil rights movement of the 1950s and ’60s was unfinished business. Battles were bravely fought and won, but somewhere along the way the ball got dropped.
Now, black America is rising up again over the mounting death toll of unarmed civilians killed in encounters with police, and the incomprehensibly routine atrocities that torment gang-infested neighbourhoods.
“What we’re seeing is the birth of a mass movement” – Melina Abdullah, #BlackLivesMatter
This time there’s no Martin Luther King. #BlackLivesMatter is a leaderless movement that wants to shake up America by harnessing direct protest and the mobilising power of social media.
One third of black men in the US are likely…
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