Octavia Butler Research Paper

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Martin Luther King once said “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter”.The Black Lives Matter movement is an international activist movement, originating in the African-American community, that campaigns against violence and systemic racism toward black people. The movement started after 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was post-humously placed on trial for his own murder and the killer, George Zimmerman, was not held accountable for the crime he committed. The goal of the Movement is to not only have peace but to have equality. Octavia Butler believes that in the past and as well the present, white officers used violence to their advantage against black minorities and education is still limited for black minorities;therefore …show more content…
Dana goes out to the woods and a white patroller attacks her: “The man tackled me and brought me down hard….unable to move or defend myself even when he began hitting me, punching me with his fists”(Butler,42). Butler characterizes Dana as vulnerable, “unable to move or defend myself” shows that because she is a black woman so she is considered to be property so this leads to the white man thinking of Dana as inferior which in his mind allows him to beat her.In present day, we see policeman using aggressive force against minorities because they feel they are superior. The Black Lives Matter movement is bothered by police brutality and demands our nation to live up to its creed of liberty and justice for all “We don't hate police. We hate police brutality. The way to solve that problem is to address the brutality — not trying to force us into silence”(King,4). The movements belief that police brutality needs to end. BLM feels that there are many cases where injustices against minorities have occurred. So, the goal is to “address the brutality” because if it is not being recognized than there needs to be a change. Butler would agree with this belief because in Kindred we see many cases where white plantation owners or patrollers would attack on slaves to show their superiority and there were no consequences that were taken for the men that committed these inhumane