We use cookies to give you the best experience possible. By continuing we’ll assume you’re on board with our cookie policy

The Black Lives Matter’s Fight for Human Rights in America

The whole doc is available only for registered users

A limited time offer! Get a custom sample essay written according to your requirements urgent 3h delivery guaranteed

Order Now

The “Black Lives Matter” movement is definitely best described by the New Social Movements theory, “a theory of social movements that attempts to explain the plethora of new movements that have come up in various western societies roughly since the mid-1960s (i.e. in a post-industrial economy), which are claimed to depart significantly from the conventional social movement paradigm” (Boundless, 2016) Unlike other social movements that are fighting for economic gains or otherwise, the Black Lives Matter movement is fighting for human rights, which is a defining factor to the New Social Movements theory that “states that people join social movements because they concerned about quality-of-life issues, not economic issues.” (Module 8 Lecture, 2)

I was not very familiar with the details of the movement, but after reading about it more and from what I do know about the movement, I stand behind what they are fighting for. I think the protestors want and are demanding social action to protect and support black lives and specifically “to begin moving towards addressing the systemic racialized police practices that devalue and threaten black lives.” among other issues. (Statement on Ferguson, 2014) They want to see a change in the world where they are free to live their lives and grow communities and families without feeling like the entire social system is against them or pushing them down. I believe a protest is an effective form of achieving social change because it is taking action to show others that enough people believe in the same thing. It is being active and it is making an effort to see a difference in the world instead of looking on and hoping something will change. It is bringing light and awareness to a situation and constantly moving it into the public eye. The hope is that support will grow for the cause, and I strongly believe that there is strength in numbers.


  1. Boundless. “New Social Movements.” Boundless Sociology Boundless, 20 Sep. 2016. Retrieved 11 Apr. 2017 from https://www.boundless.com/sociology/textbooks/boundless sociology-textbook/social-change-21/social-movements-140/new-social-movements-774 3153/
  2. Module 8 Lecture: “Social Movements and Social Change”. Retrieved from Point Park University Blackboard.
  3. Statement on Ferguson. (2014, November 30). Retrieved April 11, 2017, from https://sociologistsforjustice.org/public-statement/
Related Topics

We can write a custom essay

According to Your Specific Requirements

Order an essay
Materials Daily
100,000+ Subjects
2000+ Topics
Free Plagiarism
All Materials
are Cataloged Well

Sorry, but copying text is forbidden on this website. If you need this or any other sample, we can send it to you via email.

By clicking "SEND", you agree to our terms of service and privacy policy. We'll occasionally send you account related and promo emails.
Sorry, but only registered users have full access

How about getting this access

Your Answer Is Very Helpful For Us
Thank You A Lot!


Emma Taylor


Hi there!
Would you like to get such a paper?
How about getting a customized one?

Can't find What you were Looking for?

Get access to our huge, continuously updated knowledge base

The next update will be in:
14 : 59 : 59