Op-ed: Are the movements #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter similar?

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#MeToo vs #BlackLivesMatter Movements

This is an argument that I don’t think anyone has made yet…..and if they’ve made it, I surely haven’t seen it.

For those of you who don’t know, the #MeToo movement is a movement that was sparked from several sexual harassment allegations. One of the first allegations was that of Bill Cosby, and since then, it seems there’s a new allegation almost every month, if not more often than that.

Being that this post isn’t to place more emphasis on one more than the other, I’m sure everyone knows what the #BlackLivesMatter Movement represents.

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The Black Lives Matter Movement was officially started on July 13, 2013 by founder’s Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi. The movement was started to combat violence and systemic racism against those in the African-American Community.

When and since the BLM (Black Lives Matter) Movement was started, there have been an increased amount of arguments opposing the campaign itself.

Some people feel there should be no extra emphasis placed on one specific ethnicity, others think it means black people get to single themselves out and, of course, there are some who classify BLM as a “hate group” which makes zero sense to me, but I digress…

On the other hand, there’s the Me Too Movement, that, in my opinion, hasn’t received as much criticism. Between the two, I think they are both making an issue known. That’s a good thing, right?

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Black Lives Matters says, “Hey, I am an African-American, and it’s unfair how I’m treated as opposed to other races.”

Me Too says, “I am a human being, be it man, woman, boy or girl (no matter the race), and I have been touched or talked to in a way which I consider inappropriate.”

Here’s my simple argument; as many killings, brutal beatings and actual visional documentation that we have of black lives not mattering to that of society, we still choose to ignore the facts. On that same note, people are steady coming out of the woodworks making accusations we’ve never seen, have no actual evidence of, but the movement is supported far more than that of Black Lives Matter. Honestly, public figures have lost their jobs based off said allegations.

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Both movements deserve the same amount of attention, both movements are positive for that of equal treatment and equal rights and this vague but simple comparison of the two movements proves the true colors of the world we live in…no pun intended. Point being, it’s necessary to stand in solidarity for all the things we know are right.


Author: Simone D. Roy

I am an aspiring TV Host, practicing blogger, and "thinker-outlouder". I love God, I love people, and I take an immense amount of pride in being able to tell people's stories deeper than surface level. I am a product of the Frank and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism, where I obtained a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism, with a minor in political science. I wouldn't change that for the world. Recently, I've decided to take my talents to the entertainment industry, on a larger, more global platform in order to have more of an impact. I thank you in advance for following along with me on my journey! God Bless!

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