Students Produce Documentary, ‘#BlackMatters’

Jessica Udeh, Opinions Writer

In Response to Civil Unrest, Seniors Examine What it Means to Be Black in America

After hearing the verdict of the Darren Wilson v. Mike Brown case, I became enraged. However, I decided to channel this anger elsewhere, thus the birth of “#BlackMatters.”
Mary Ayorinde, Feranmi Quadri, and I got together and went around the school asking students and teachers how it felt to be black in America. Although some were uncomfortable commenting because they felt they had never experienced racism or prejudice, the responses we did receive were captivating and inspiring.
“#BlackMatters” — a spin-off of the movement “Black Lives Matter”— does not say that the lives of people of color matter more than the lives of whites, but that ours matter just as much, because it’s been proven that “White America” obviously thinks otherwise.
African-Americans, men especially, cannot even receive equal police protection, we are both exploited and martyred for our skin. We are demonized by the media and our dead brothers and sisters have no opportunity to defend themselves.
Nonetheless, African-Americans have proven ourselves to be resilient and hard working. Despite all the trials and tribulations our communities have faced we have somehow found a way to keep faith, prove our compassion and protect our humanity; and those reasons alone are why Black Lives Matter.