Here are the answers to common questions about the movement. In protesters' own words.
1. Why are we protesting?
We do this 4 Marissa. We do this for Lamia. We do this for Mike Brown. We do this for Rekia. We do this for Damo. We do this til we free us— BYP100 (@BYP_100) January 28, 2015
Mike Brown (8.9.14) Kajieme Powell (8.19.14) VonDerrit Myers (10.8.14) Antonio Martin (12.23.14) Isaac Holmes (1.21.15) STL-Killed By Police— deray mckesson (@deray) January 23, 2015
"Don't sleep while Black." Aiyana Stanley-Jones "Don't knock on a door for help." Renisha McBride "Don't play with toy guns." Tamir Rice— BrownBlaze (@brownblaze) December 4, 2014
"Don't wear a hoodie." Trayvon Martin. "Don't walk in the street." Mike Brown. "Don't run from the police." Darrien Hunt.— BrownBlaze (@brownblaze) December 4, 2014
Police can kill ppl in front of children in a black neighborhood and no trauma counselors are sent. Wake up White America. This is sickness.— Sarah (@barasch_sarah) January 22, 2015
2. Why #BlackLivesMatter and not #AllLivesMatter?
3. Are the protests anti-white...are they anti-police?
4. Why do we stand up for people who, in some cases, have committed crimes?
Bottom line if you're gonna be for "black unity" you can't exclude certain black people because you "don't agree with their lifestyle"— Sophia (@_BasedMistress) January 6, 2015
5. What about black-on-black crime?
So when someone says "what about black on black crime?" tell em "what about it? It dropped 67% in 20 yrs. We're doing our part. Are you?"— Cirque du SoBae (@brownandbella) August 18, 2014
So next time u hear the black-on-black crime argument: 1) BonB crime is down 67%. 2) Protests reduce BonB crime and 3) Now stop killing us— Samuel Sinyangwe (@samswey) January 27, 2015
6. What do we, the protesters want to achieve?
7. How does protesting achieve these goals?
I was honored to be invited to the White House and I am also fully aware that the only reason that meeting occurred: PEOPLE POWER.— BrownBlaze (@brownblaze) December 2, 2014
8. How does this movement relate to movements of the past?
Do not accept the seductive narrative that the 1st civil rights movement was any more acceptable to white America than this one. It was not— 5'7 Black Male (@absurdistwords) January 8, 2015
Know who has been helping organize and guide us from VERY early on? Harry Belafonte. This isn't a generational divide. It's an ego divide.— BrownBlaze (@brownblaze) December 4, 2014
9. Who is in charge of the protests?
There is leadership. There are leaders. There are demands. There is an outcry. There is a movement.— Joe Briggs, Esq. (@JoeBriggsEsq) January 2, 2015