Following the tragic events of Baton Rouge, Minnesota and Dallas, Kickstarter took a stand and announced its support for the Black Lives Matter Movement.
The Black Lives Matter Movement, which was formed in 2013, is described as a unique contribution that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of Black people by police and vigilantes. Black Lives Matter notably affirms the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, Black-undocumented folks, folks with records, women and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. It believes in guiding principles include diversity, restorative justice, globalism, transfer affirming, collective value and many more.
The movement has held protests throughout the country this week, speaking out against the police officers involved in the deaths of Alton Sterling (at a convenience store in Baton Rouge) and Philando Castile (at a traffic stop in Minnesota). Unfortunately, during the Dallas protest, a sniper opened fire and killed five police officers, and seven others were injured.
Kickstarter stated on Friday:
“The tragedies that have taken place this past week in Baton Rouge, Minnesota, and Dallas have been heartbreaking, and infuriating. Painfully, they are not events isolated to this moment. Racial inequality is systemic, racial prejudice is pervasive, and racial injustice is overwhelming. The unbearable atrocities they precipitate are far too frequent. But that truth is not inevitable. Speaking up matters. Standing together matters. Peace and understanding and common purpose matter. We stand with #BlackLivesMatter, and with the friends and families of all those affected by these tragedies.”
For more informative on the movement, click here.