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Black Lives Matter is not one centralized organization, so why do people talk about it like it is?

SALT LAKE CITY — The Black Lives Matter movement has drawn tens of millions into the streets to participate in protests taking place every day since May. The #BlackLivesMatter hashtag has been used by millions of social media users to call attention to cases of police brutality since 2013, and hundreds of groups bearing the name have materialized in nearly every major city in the United States. But if you look for a headquarters, a national spokesperson or a unified mission for the cause, you won’t find anything.

The decentralized nature of Black Lives Matter has caused confusion over what it actually stands for, said Stefahn Rich, 30, the owner of Stef’s Place, a barbershop in Salt Lake City.

“There’s this misconception that it’s a particular organization,” said Rich. “Or, it gets portrayed as a cause of a small group of people, when it’s all of these communities, all of these people and organizations fighting together.”

Customers at Stef’s Place who donate $100 to Black Lives Matter receive a $150 gift card to use …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Top stories


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