Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. - Martin Luther King Jr
Eidelson, Josh. "Alicia Garza: Co-Founder Black Lives Matter." Business Week (Aug, 2016): 52.
In an interview, Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza talked about racism. Garza said the biggest misconception people have about her organization is that they only care about black people. They are clear that all lives matter, but they live in a world where that's not actually happening in practice. So if they want to get to the place where all lives matter, then they have to make sure that black lives matter, too. The way that people understand racism in this country is about interpersonal dynamics, like racism is people being mean to each other. Lots of people who are great people are implementing and protecting systems, practices, structures that fundamentally exclude, disenfranchise, marginalize black people. The combination of really sharp agitation on social media and really brilliant, creative, and impactful actions in the streets has made it so that this is at the forefront of almost every conversation.