Black Lives Matter; A Continuing Revolution
This thesis seeks to understand the reason as to why people in the 21st century still need to take to the streets in protest to raise awareness for inequalities built into a governmental system. Why a movement such as Black Lives Matter is needed in a developed country such as the United States to acquire cultural and racial awareness. The United States have ended the institutions of slavery and Jim Crow but the notion of colorblindness in the Obama age is shaking the idea of a ´post-racial’ era of the United States. Via a reading of Michelle Alexander’s view on mass incarceration as the ‘New Jim Crow’, Keeyanga-Yamahtta Taylor’s interpretation of Black Lives Matter, and Eduardo Bonilla-Silva and David Dietrich’s understanding of colorblindness I suggest that the United States needs a movement that lays bare the systemic inequalities of the country because it cannot identify these notions on its own account.
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