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Why every black life matters... not just those taken by violence when state authorities turn a blind eye

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Demonstrators lie on the pavement facing the White House during a rally north of Lafayette Square to protest against police brutality and racism

Demonstrators lie on the pavement facing the White House during a rally north of Lafayette Square to protest against police brutality and racism

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Demonstrators lie on the pavement facing the White House during a rally north of Lafayette Square to protest against police brutality and racism

The words Black Lives Matter have featured prominently in the news over the last fortnight since the tragic death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. It was a terrible way to die and three police officers have appeared in court.

That slogan 'Black Lives Matter' first appeared as a hashtag on social media in 2013 after George Zimmerman, a neighbourhood watch coordinator, was acquitted of the murder of black teenager Trayvon Martin in Florida.

Black Lives Matter then became a movement and it gained fresh impetus the following year after the deaths of two young men in police custody, one in St Louis and one in New York City.