“We were humbled when cultural workers, artists, designers and techies offered their labor and love to expand #BlackLivesMatter beyond a social media hashtag”, Alicia Garza said.
As we currently find ourselves in difficult times where questions of race often pop up in many conversations, and tension continues to rise between ethnic and racial groups, it is important for some people to understand the group they are affiliated with. That’s one of the reasons #BlackLivesMatter became so popular recently. As some surveys carried out on twitter showed, it is much more popular than any other of it’s kind.
Analysis of some tweets from January 2015 till March 2016 uncovered around 995 million tweets about race, in other words, it is 2.1 million per day. Nearly 68 % of Black people surveyed say that they see one or two posts concerning racial issues in their feed very often, which is quite high. After the introduction of the BlackLivesMatter hashtag in 2013, it has since then gained much popularity. Researchers calculated that it was used over 12 million times since then until March 2016.
However, there were lots of changes in the attitude towards the movement and the hashtag after Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were killed by some police officers. People started to criticize the movement and perceive it from a rather negative side hence, the desire to use the hashtag was gone. Nevertheless, the #BlackLives Matter hashtag as compared to that of #AllLivesMatter, is twitted eight times more often.
No matter how often it occurs in the social media and networks, BlackLivesMatter is now the way to keep the community alive and help it thrive. It has become the main way to express your opinion and disagreement with something happening to the Black people. It is vital to continue spreading BLM hashtag on social networks.
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