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Possibility of Black Lives Matter club stirs Northwest

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Heavy footsteps sound against the concrete. Signs of all shades adorn the streets. Voices of various octaves fill the distance from building to building.

Throughout history, the United States has watched men, women, children and everyone in between take many of their most sensitive issues and prominent beliefs to the streets in the form of protests. Though the right to peacefully assemble cannot be taken away from any citizen, as controversy on a specific top heats up, protests have had a tendency of turning into violent riots, and in turn, tarnishing the message by which the protesting group had intended of getting heard.

One of the most prominent movements and centralized areas of debate in the past few years in the United States is the “Black Lives Matter” movement.  Following many publicized cases of police brutality and unfair treatment of African Americans across the nation, the black liberation movement, which initially developed as a hashtag, developed in late 2013 and has only gained more recognition since.

“[Those that take part in the Black Lives Matter movement] are putting light on certain groups that are being oppressed so I support it,” senior Lindsey Nelson said. “I think it’s a good concept to make all people aware of the gap that remains between races, especially the Caucasian and African American communities.”

Talk of the movement picked up at Northwest most recently when senior Melvin Diggs sparked the idea of forming a Black Lives Matter club at school.

“Black is beautiful and that’s something everyone needs to realize regardless of what they think about the movement,” Diggs said.

Although Diggs claims that he has had this idea in the works for quite some time, he believes that he didn’t realize the necessity of the club until a Tuesday after school in POT (Pursuit of Truth) club meeting in which students discussed the controversy following a multitude of football players’ choice to kneel during the national anthem as a form of protest. Many of the students in POT club, in his opinion, have a false interpretation and understanding of the movement.

“I feel that it’s necessary for people to understand that saying ‘black lives matter’ doesn’t mean others don’t. The movement just sheds light on the terrible injustice our society faces,” junior Adam Craft said.

No club has been formed as of now; however talk of its progression in the second semester of the 2017-18 year has yet to die down along with Diggs’ intention of creating it.

“I want to join because [Black Lives Matter] is something that I think a lot about because there are so many hate crimes and not nearly enough outrage,” Craft said.

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