Black women are speaking out in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and say the movement is a necessary response to police violence.
In an exclusive interview with MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry, journalist and activist Alicia Garza, the founder of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, says she believes the Black lives matter movement can be a force for change.
“When we’re watching police brutality, we’re seeing that the only way to truly fight for justice and justice is to be visible,” Garza said.
“And we can be as visible as we want to be in the streets, in the street spaces, and we can call attention to the systemic oppression of Black people.”
The #Blacklivesmatter movement has seen the rise of some of the most influential and powerful Black women in America, such as Jill Scott, who recently announced her retirement from politics and is now running for Congress, and Alicia Garzón, who is the CEO of the feminist non-profit Center for Popular Democracy.
In her article, Garza writes that it is important to remember that we’re not going to be heard if we can’t stand up for our rights, and that this means we have to stand up together to stand against police brutality.
Garza also calls for a more direct approach to the policing of the city.
“We need to be willing to confront our police officers, and to call them out for their brutal and unjust actions,” Garzada said.
“Black lives have meaning and they are not just for white people, but for women of color, LGBTQ people, immigrants, Black people.
If you’re Black, you’re a woman, you have to have the right to exist, you can’t be killed in the name of a gun.
If it is in the best interest of the state to kill you, we need to stand together and be vocal.”