The #blacklivesmatter Movement: A Beginner's Quiz.

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  • 1. 

    The hashtag #BlackLivesMatter was first created in response to:  

    • A.

      The death of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

    • B.

      The acquittal of officer Darren Wilson in his trial for the killing of teenager Michael Brown.

    • C.

      The acquittal of George Zimmerman in his trial for the killing of teenager Trayvon Martin.

    • D.

      The Grand Jury non-indictment of officer Darren Wilson in the case involving the killing of teenager Michael Brown.

    • E.

      The death of Sandra Bland, a U.S. citizen who died in police custody in the state of Texas.

    Correct Answer
    C. The acquittal of George Zimmerman in his trial for the killing of teenager Trayvon Martin.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is the acquittal of George Zimmerman in his trial for the killing of teenager Trayvon Martin. This event sparked outrage and brought attention to the systemic racism and violence faced by Black individuals in the United States. The hashtag #BlackLivesMatter was created as a way to protest and raise awareness about the unjust treatment of Black people in society.

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  • 2. 

    #BlackLivesMatter was created by _____ activists:

    • A.

      1 activist

    • B.

      3 activists

    • C.

      4 activists

    • D.

      2 activists

    • E.

      It was founded by the media in response to the events surrounding the Ferguson, Missouri uprisings.

    Correct Answer
    B. 3 activists
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 3 activists. The Black Lives Matter movement was founded by three activists, Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi, in response to the events surrounding the Ferguson, Missouri uprisings.

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  • 3. 

    Though there is no easy, unanimous definition, how can the Black Lives Matter movement be best described? 

    • A.

      1. Black Lives Matter is a civil rights movement advocating for an end to police brutality.

    • B.

      2. Black Lives Matter is a human rights movement advocating for an end to the long history of state-sanctioned violence against black people, including but not limited to police violence.

    • C.

      3. Black Lives Matter is a segregationist movement advocating for a return to “separate but equal.”

    • D.

      4. Black Lives Matter is an anti-police movement.

    • E.

      All of the above.

    Correct Answer
    B. 2. Black Lives Matter is a human rights movement advocating for an end to the long history of state-sanctioned violence against black people, including but not limited to police violence.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 2 because it accurately describes the Black Lives Matter movement as a human rights movement that aims to end the long history of state-sanctioned violence against black people, including police violence. This answer acknowledges the broader scope of the movement's goals beyond just police brutality and emphasizes the importance of addressing systemic violence against black individuals.

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  • 4. 

    BlackLivesMatter has sometimes been referred to as an abolitionist movement. Which of the following statements best describes the role of U.S. abolitionist movements, historically?

    • A.

      1. Abolitionist movements are typically focused exclusively on the dismantling of corrupt institutions. In other words, the primary goal of abolitionism is the tearing down of unjust institutions

    • B.

      2. Abolitionist movements are not typically focused exclusively on the dismantling of corrupt institutions, but also in building new worlds and equitable alternatives. In other words, abolitionism is as much about creating new systems—as it is about tearing down existing ones.

    Correct Answer
    B. 2. Abolitionist movements are not typically focused exclusively on the dismantling of corrupt institutions, but also in building new worlds and equitable alternatives. In other words, abolitionism is as much about creating new systems—as it is about tearing down existing ones.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is 2. Abolitionist movements are not typically focused exclusively on the dismantling of corrupt institutions, but also in building new worlds and equitable alternatives. This means that abolitionism is not just about tearing down unjust systems, but also about creating new systems that are fair and just. Abolitionist movements in the US historically worked towards the abolition of slavery, but they also aimed to build a society that did not rely on slavery and to create a more equitable and just society for all. They sought to dismantle the existing oppressive system of slavery while also envisioning and striving for a better future.

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  • 5. 

    What is #BlackLivesMatter?

    • A.

      A decentralized grassroots network of community organizers and activists.

    • B.

      A chapter-based organization with individual chapters in over 30 U.S. states and global locations.

    • C.

      An internet hashtag created by racial justice activists.

    • D.

      A 21st century U.S. human rights movement centered on legacies of state-sanctioned violence against black people in the U.S. and abroad.

    • E.

      All of the above.

    Correct Answer
    E. All of the above.
    Explanation
    #BlackLivesMatter is a 21st century U.S. human rights movement that focuses on the legacies of state-sanctioned violence against black people in the U.S. and abroad. It is a decentralized grassroots network of community organizers and activists, with individual chapters in over 30 U.S. states and global locations. The movement gained visibility through an internet hashtag created by racial justice activists. Therefore, the correct answer is "All of the above" as it encompasses all the given statements.

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  • 6. 

    Which of the following best describes the problem with the phrase "AllLivesMatter"?

    • A.

      The problem is, Black lives do not matter.

    • B.

      The problem with the phrase #AllLivesMatter is not that the statement is untrue, but rather it is typically only deployed as a way of dismissing the specific concerns that the #BlackLivesMatter movement is attempting to address.

    • C.

      The problem is, White lives do not matter.

    • D.

      There is no problem with this phrase. It is completely accurate.

    Correct Answer
    B. The problem with the phrase #AllLivesMatter is not that the statement is untrue, but rather it is typically only deployed as a way of dismissing the specific concerns that the #BlackLivesMatter movement is attempting to address.
    Explanation
    The given answer explains that the problem with the phrase "AllLivesMatter" is not that the statement is untrue, but rather it is often used to dismiss the specific concerns raised by the #BlackLivesMatter movement. This suggests that the phrase is used as a counter-argument to the issues faced by the Black community, rather than acknowledging and addressing those concerns.

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  • 7. 

    Which of the following organizations has been LEAST associated with the organizing efforts of the contemporary #BlackLivesMatter movement?

    • A.

      The Dream Defenders

    • B.

      Million Hoodies Movement

    • C.

      The Movement for Black Lives

    • D.

      The NAACP

    Correct Answer
    D. The NAACP
    Explanation
    The NAACP has been least associated with the organizing efforts of the contemporary #BlackLivesMatter movement. While the NAACP has a long history of advocating for civil rights and fighting against racial discrimination, the #BlackLivesMatter movement emerged as a grassroots movement in response to police violence and systemic racism. The other organizations listed, such as The Dream Defenders, Million Hoodies Movement, and The Movement for Black Lives, have been more directly involved in organizing and leading the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

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  • 8. 

    Who are the Presidents and/or official leaders of the BlackLivesMatter organization?

    • A.

      Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometti

    • B.

      Deray McKesson and Brittany Ferrell

    • C.

      Umi Selah and Aja Monet

    • D.

      BlackLivesMatter does not have a "President," or any hierarchical leadership structure.

    Correct Answer
    D. BlackLivesMatter does not have a "President," or any hierarchical leadership structure.
    Explanation
    BlackLivesMatter is a decentralized movement and does not have a singular leader or hierarchical structure. It was founded by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometti, but they do not hold official titles or positions within the organization. Instead, the movement operates on a collective leadership model, with various individuals and groups taking on leadership roles in different capacities. This allows for a diverse range of voices and perspectives to contribute to the movement's goals and actions.

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  • 9. 

    Who was Sandra Bland?

    • A.

      A 28-year-old black woman who died in police custody in Waller County, Texas,

    • B.

      A 23 year old black woman fatally shot by Baltimore County, Maryland, police during a standoff in Randallstown.

    • C.

      A 22-year-old African-American woman, fatally shot in Chicago, Illinois, by an off-dutypolice officer.

    • D.

      A 37 year old black woman who was killed by Cleveland police after being physically restrained in a prone position.

    Correct Answer
    A. A 28-year-old black woman who died in police custody in Waller County, Texas,
  • 10. 

    The hashtag #SayHerName was created by the same activists who created the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    #SayHerName is a hashtag and mobilization initiative created by the African American Policy Forum. Its founder, Kimberle Williams Crenshaw is the legal scholar responsible for first introducing the theoretical framework, "intersectionality."

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  • 11. 

    Who was Freddie Gray?

    • A.

      A 17 year old teenager killed by a local vigilante, George Zimmerman.

    • B.

      A 12 year old child killed by the Cleveland police for playing with a toy gun.

    • C.

      A 17 year old teenager killed by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri.

    • D.

      A 25 year man who died in police custody in Baltimore, Maryland.

    Correct Answer
    D. A 25 year man who died in police custody in Baltimore, Maryland.
    Explanation
    Freddie Gray was a 25-year-old man who died while in police custody in Baltimore, Maryland. This incident gained national attention and sparked protests against police brutality and racial injustice. Gray's death was ruled a homicide, and it led to charges against six police officers involved in his arrest. The case highlighted the ongoing issue of police misconduct and the need for police reform in the United States.

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  • 12. 

    The creators of the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter are:

    • A.

      Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Johnetta Elzie

    • B.

      Deray McKesson, Alicia Garza, and Umi Selah

    • C.

      Brittney Ferrel, Alexis Templeton, and Patrisse Cullors

    • D.

      Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi

    Correct Answer
    D. Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi. These three individuals are the co-founders of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. They started the hashtag as a way to raise awareness about the systemic racism and violence faced by Black individuals in the United States. The movement has since grown into a global phenomenon, advocating for justice and equality for Black people.

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