By Victoria Chandler, News Writer
Almost everyone has heard of the Black Lives Matter movement, but most of what they hear is from news stations or police. What does the everyday person think about the movement, and what are their feelings on it?
Black Lives Matter is a national organization that started out as a chapter-based organization that was leader-based and intended to intervene in brutality brought on by the state and region and to gain power. They believe in diversity, restorative justice, queer affirming and collective value.
Some people have varying opinions of the movement and how they feel about it. Dr. Curtell Rhodan, biology and anatomy teacher, shared her opinion.
“I believe that most of the movement is good; there are sections that sometimes overshadow the wholeness of it, but mostly it’s a good cause,” Rhodan said.
The movement has been around for a couple years, starting July 13, 2013. The movement also brings light to certain cases, such as the Jordan Edwards, Alton Sterling, Walter Scot and Treyvon Martin cases. The Martin case started the movement in America. People all around America are showing their support for the movement and how they feel.
“It’s hard not to support it when you’re a black man,” Coach Harry Curnell said. “I believe in it, but I don’t agree with the approach because sometimes the message is lost in the approach.”
There are different ways word of the movement spread.
“I first heard about Black Lives Matter through social media and major network moves and protest[s],” Mr. James McLawhorn, government and economics teacher, said.
Others heard about it in other ways.
“…With all of the tragic loss due to police brutality, Tamir Rice got to me the most, and that’s when I started to get involved in Black Lives Matter,” Rhodan said
Another view of the movement is where people think police stand on the idea.
“It depends on what police you ask; some see it and try to help, some turn a blind eye to it for financial reasons and job security… some are in a catch-22,” Curnell said.
Another question is if officers of color had a harder time with their jobs than other non POC or non-black officers.
“I feel as if it’s a person-to-person thing,” McLawhorn said. “I think that if you are an African American police officer, then you have a really unique view because you grew up in the neighborhood you’re policing.”
Officer Clarence Black, school resource officer, shared his opinion on the matter.
“It doesn’t make my job harder because of Black Lives Matter; it’s the blatant disrespect that people have for one another [that does],” Black said.
Black also gave his perspective on the situation, stating how he feels about the movement and other things.
“I agree with it, but I also think that all lives matter; I want our people to have pride in themselves and stop putting themselves in that position, but it’s good to speak up,” Black said.
He believes that standing together as a people will help cut down on some of the problems African-Americans face.
“I’m not sure it effects them; I know that if we come together…I know that if we as black people come together then we can help,” Black said.
He believes that there only seems to be a problem when police officers are involved and not when African Americans attack themselves.
“It effects them but does it really… it only seems that it matters when police offers are involved and not when it’s black-on-black crime…but we must get into our heart and mind that this crime has got to stop,” Black said. There are different opinions on Black Lives Matter but, the main goal is that most people believe that Black lives do matter, and it up to the people to support it and show that injustices will not go in silence.