Date of Award
Criminology and Criminal Justice
Racism -- United States -- 19th century, Racism -- United States -- 20th century, United States -- Race relations, Race discrimination -- United States, Police brutality -- United States, Discrimination in law enforcement
Do Black Lives Matter or do All Lives Matter? That question has been the cause of many debates and conversations across America recently. The All Lives Matter response was created to criticize the Black Lives Matter Movement and operates under the assumption that the movement isn’t needed in America because it is a post racial society. This thesis reviews race theories, racial formation in the United States and racist ideology in the pre- and post-Civil Rights era in order to show why the Black Lives Matter Movement is needed. It looks at the influence colorblindness has on the United States Criminal Justice System and the All Lives Matter response. Finally, this thesis explains why the Black Lives Matter Movement is important and suggest next steps that can be taken by the Black Lives Matter Movement to reach its goal of social justice for black lives.
Siscoe, Tanika, "#BlackLivesMatter: This Generation’s Civil Rights Movement" (2016). University Honors Theses. Paper 237.