Saturday, September 12, 2020

The Black Lives Matter Map

The killing of George Floyd by the police in Minneapolis on May 25th sent in motion a huge protest movement which has spread across the United States and to other countries around the world. The Black Lives Matter movement has led to people taking to the streets in huge numbers to protest against police brutality and racially motivated violence against black people.

Mapping The Black Lives Matter Movement is attempting to map and document the thousands of daily protests and demonstrations which have taken place around the world in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. The map shows the location of protests, contested statues and Black Lives Matter artworks. If you click on a marker on the map you can click through to read a report on the demonstration from a trusted news source.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has mapped over 1,500 public symbols of the Confederacy across the United States. These public symbols include not just statues and other memorials but schools, parks and roads which have been named for Confederate leaders or battles.

In Whose Heritage? Public Symbols of the Confederacy the SPLC has created an interactive map showing the location of Confederate symbols and memorials. The map uses color coded markers to show which are monuments, which are schools and which are roads. If you select a marker on the map you can also see the year that this selected memorial to the Confederacy was dedicated.

One of the arguments against removing these public memorials to the Confederacy is that they are historical monuments. However the vast majority of these memorials aren't even 100 years old. The SPLC has compiled a timeline of when these memorials to the Confederacy were dedicated. This timeline shows that there have been two main periods which have seen spikes in the number of Confederacy memorials being dedicated. The first was in the first two decades of the Twentieth Century. The second was in the 1950's and 1960's.

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