How Black Lives Matter co-founder formed a movement from many before
Alicia Garza never got the “birds and the bees” talk. Raised by a single mother in the Bay Area, she was told two things: sex makes babies, and those babies are expensive. It’s no surprise that Garza’s work is as direct and honest as her mother. Starting young, she immersed herself in working to advance reproductive rights at the age of twelve. She soon realized race and class divisions persist even in progressive movements. Black Lives Matter began by correcting social inequities in Bay Area neighborhoods of color. Stemming from a lack of development, employment opportunities, and fair housing, as well as environmental pollution and historical redlining, people of color were systemically outcast from the means of wealth building in America. By elevating the discussion in society that black lives matter, Garza shows how under-representation and over-policing of black and brown bodies isn’t just. She calls it as it is, and asks for all of us to commit, organize, and restart democracy.