Established in 2013 in support of Trayvon Martin, the Black Lives Matter movement has brought the fight of racial injustice to the forefront of societies across the world. Not say there has not been other movements that have been waging war against racists, but the Black Lives Matter Movement is the 21st century's battalion, and hopefully the last needed.
As of recent events, the killing of George Floyd and Breanna Taylor to name some of the atrocities, a powerful catalyst has been sparked through out the world. Because of this here are some things that have been achieved by the Black Lives Matter Movement thus far:
- Trump signs a executive order aimed at encouraging police departments across the country to adopt stricter standards on the use of force.
- All four officers involved in the fatal incident of George Floyd were fired by Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo. Former officer Derek Chauvin was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
- Editor-in-chief of Bon Appétit magazine, Adam Rapoport has resigned due to racist allegations against him. This has put the magazine in the spotlight for racist practices in the workplace.
-The editor of lifestyle media brand Refinery 29 resigned after allegations, discriminatory culture with racial pay disparities. In addition The Philadelphia Inquirer's editor was fired because of the headline, "Buildings Matter, Too."
- Change and reform started in police stations around America. Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville, Kentucky, announced that police chief Steve Conrad was fired after he learning about the fatal shooting of black business owner David McAtee. McAtee was killed by two officers who did not have their body cameras on. Because of Breanna Taylor's death, Fischer suspended the use of “no-knock” warrants that allow police officers to enter homes without providing any notice to the occupants.
- In California, prosecutors are lobbying the state bar to ban district attorneys from accepting money from police unions, and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that he will “seek to identify $100 million to $150 million in cuts from the LAPD.” The funds will funnel into different areas such as jobs, health care and education.
- The Minneapolis City Council voted unanimously to require police officers to intervene anytime they see unauthorized use of force by another officer and to ban police chokeholds altogether.
- Statues are coming down. In Jacksonville, Fla., Mayor Lenny Curry, a Republican, announced that a statue in Hemming Park had been removed and further Confederate monuments would be taken down.
In Birmingham, Ala., a Confederate monument that stands in a park was removed by residents, and in Bentonville, Ark., attorney Joey McCutchen announced that a Confederate monument that stands in Bentonville Square will be moved.
In Philadelphia, a statue of former Mayor Frank Rizzo, a known racist was also removed.
In Richmond, Va., where the statue of Confederate Gen. Williams Carter Wickham, who owned slaves and a plantation, was toppled by people using a rope.
- Protesters in Montgomery, Ala., took down the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, and in Bristol, United Kingdom, people tore down the statue of 17th century slave trader Edward Colston before throwing it into the river.
- Tech companies such as Apple, Amazon and Google have updated their smart voice assistants, to now explain the Black Lives Matter movement when asked.
“Do black lives matter?” and also provide updated responses to “Do all lives matter?”
“Hey Google, do black lives matter?”
“Black lives matter,” it responds. “Black people deserve the same freedoms afforded to everyone in this country, and recognizing the injustice they face is the step towards fixing it.”
- The city of Boston has officially declared racism an emergency and a public health crisis by
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh's executive order.
- NFL players and other pro athletes will be kneeling in protest against police brutality. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell now says the league was wrong for not listening to players.
- NASCAR says it will ban the Confederate flags from the stands.
- The TV show "Cops" was canceled.
- HBO Max pulled "Gone with the Wind" off the network.
- Jack Dorsey has made Juneteenth an official holiday at Square and Twitter.
- Walmart, has pledged to stop locking up“multicultural” hair and beauty products in display cases.
- Sephora committed to devoting at least 15 percent of its shelf space to black-owned beauty brands.
-Toymaker LEGO suspended marketing for police-themed sets.
- James Gorman, chief executive of Morgan Stanley, held a conference call with some of the bank’s highest-ranking black executives, and announced the promotion of two black women to positions on its operating and management committees.
- Karen Parkin, head of global human resources at Adidas, who dismissed a question about internal racism during a 2019 meeting as “noise we only hear in North America.,” sent a message to employees promising to improve company culture to “ensure equity, diversity and opportunity.”
- Adidas said that the company would require at least 30 percent of all open positions in the United States to be filled with black and Latino employees and invest $120 million in programs for the black community over the next four years.
- Munroe Bergdorf accused the cosmetics company L’Oreal of hypocrisy. She said they dropped her from a campaign in 2017 for speaking out against racism and white supremacy based on the neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville. In response L’Oreal responded by rehiring her to serve on its newly formed UK Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board.
- CrossFit’s founder and CEO, Greg Glassman, was forced to retire after remarks he made about Geoerge Floyd’s death, including a recording of him on a conference call saying: “We’re not mourning for George Floyd, I don’t think me or any of my staff are.”
- Comedy sketch shows have been removed by some streamers and broadcasters. Little Britain was dropped by the BBC and Netflix along with The Mighty Boosh and The League of Gentlemen have also been taken down.
- Netflix have created a Black Lives Matter section of films and documentaries so viewers can learn more about racial injustice and the Black experience in America.
- The Grammy's dropped the 'urban' term to describe albums by black artists.