Have Millennials Kicked Off The Second Civil Rights Movement?

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We have seen the protests spreading across the country in response to the killings of Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Michael Brown and other African Americans at the hands of police officers.

Dante Barry of MillionHoodies.org has been on the front lines in the current battle for social justice. He spoke with Roland Martin on “NewsOne Now” about how millennials have possibly launched the second version of the Civil Rights movement.

Many are comparing the #BlackLivesMatter, #HandsUpDontShoot and #ICantBreathe movements to the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

“We haven’t seen this much movement in a very very long time across the country,” said Barry.

“If you look back 50 years ago, this is what the movement looked like. So when we look at some of the history and look at some of the similarities, we’re still fighting some of the same things, but we’re seeing new tactics.”

Barry explained that what we’re experiencing in this current movement is an attempt to shut things down through disruption. “We’re seeing inconvenience to really wake folks up and say that this is still happening and we’re not post-racial, although we have a Black president.”

“We need to be continuing to have these conversations and encouraging more folks to take action and coming out of the shadows … because we need to be building a movement that is actually lifting up Black communities all across this country,” said Barry.

Listen to Martin, Barry and the “NewsOne Now” Straight Talk panel (featuring Maya Rockeymore, Andrew Lee and Michelle Hudgins) discuss what would seem to be the launch of the Civil Rights movement, version 2.o.

Be sure to listen to “NewsOne Now” with Roland Martin, weekdays at 7 a.m. EST and watch at 9 a.m. EST on TV One.

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