State officials have declared a war to halt Black Lives Matter movement by targeting activists, who fight against injustice in society.
What happened during the Civil Rights Movement is still happening today, just that in a different style.
In the 50s and 60s, activists like Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Fred Hampton and many others, who fought for the rights of black people and stood up against injustice were assassinated. But in today’s generation, killing activists directly will cause outrage. And so the so-called justice system has found a way to stop movements, such as Black Lives Matter, by outrageously imprisoning activists, who take a step to fight against injustice.
A young 19-year-old Black Lives Matter activist, Joshua Williams, in 2014, was on the front lines of mass protests after a police officer, Darren Wilson, murder an 18-year-old unarmed black teenager, Mike Brown. Williams stood against brutal cops and his courage drove a lot of activists to do the same.
Just after the death of Mike Brown, another black teen, Antonio Martin, was also shot dead by a Berkeley officer, which caused an outrage in the city. While venting out anger on police brutality, Williams was filmed lighting fire on a store where Martin was fatally shot.
Williams was convicted of second degree burglary and first degree arson and was sentenced to eight years in jail, what judges referred to as an “example” to create fear in people.
Another recent case is that of a 28-year-old Jasmine Richards stopped cops from unlawfully arresting a woman accused of not paying her bill at a restaurant. She was convicted of “felony lynching” and sentenced to 90 days in jail plus three years of probation.
But a man, Darren Wilson, who killed an innocent teen, was not jailed for a single day. Like Wilson, George Zimmerman, who murdered a 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, went scot-free without paying for his crimes.
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