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Black Lives Matter (BLM) is a decentralized political and social movement that seeks to highlight racismdiscrimination, and racial inequality experienced by black people, and promote anti-racism. Its primary concerns are incidents of police brutality and racially motivated violence against black people.[1][2][3][4][5] It started following the killings of Trayvon MartinMichael BrownEric Garner, and Rekia Boyd, among others. The movement and its related organizations typically advocate for various policy changes considered to be related to black liberation.[6] While there are specific organizations that label themselves simply as “Black Lives Matter”, such as the Black Lives Matter Global Network, the overall movement is a decentralized network of people and organizations with no formal hierarchy.[7] The slogan “Black Lives Matter” itself remains untrademarked by any group.[8] Despite being characterized by some as a violent movement, the overwhelming majority of its public demonstrations have been peaceful.[9]

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