Two days ago it was the five year anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s death. An unarmed seventeen year old teenager was killed by a volunteer neighborhood watch guard, George Zimmerman. Zimmerman walked away from the case with no charges, no repercussions for murder. This is not the first case of a black person being killed and there being no justice in United States History and it was not the last, sadly. Despite the heartbreak and injustice, it is essential to move forward and bring awareness to these issues.
All Things Considered host Audie Cornish was able to interview Patrisse Khan-Cullors, one of the founders of the Black Lives Matter movement. The podcast is titled “Black Lives Matter Finds ‘Renewed Focus’ 5 Years After Trayvon Martin” and explores the growth of the BLM movement over the course of the past five years.
Khan-Cullors believes that the movement is becoming less reactionary and more productive, but believes that there needs to be more long term goals, including BLM supporters possibly being in office.
This podcast from NPR was hard to listen to because Trayvon Martin’s death should have never happened, but it was comforting to hear Khan-Cullors speak about the BLM with courage and a hopeful attitude towards the future.