It was born out of the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the 2012 killing of the unarmed, African-American teenager, Trayvon Martin, in Florida and grew in response to high-profile deaths of black men and women at the hands of police. It has been a rallying cry for its supporters from all ethnic backgrounds who’d like to see police and others held accountable for the treatment of the black community in the United States.
But Black Lives Matter has also had a fair amount of criticism leveled at it by its detractors who see the organization as divisive and anti-law enforcement.
Throughout the 2016 presidential election, the movement persisted in the face of the racist, anti-Semitic, Islamophobic, anti-Immigrant and anti-LQBT language that became widespread throughout the presidential campaign. And fairly or not, much of the finger-pointing has been at then-candidate and now President-elect Donald Trump, who, throughout his campaign, was known for making inflammatory statements.
Now, questions are being asked about what the group plans to do with Trump heading to the White House in January. (Wisconsin Public Radio)