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Christians (Should) Know that #BlackLivesMatter

El Cristiano y #BlackLivesMatter

Surely, your teen has heard about the Black Lives Matter movement. It began as a social media hashtag in 2012 following the death of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old black male. He was walking through a Florida neighborhood when an official on duty killed him, claiming it as an act of self-defense. Trayvon was unarmed.

Since then, there have been many more deaths like these, 25% of which are against black people, even when they only make up 13% of the total population. It happened to a man named Alton Sterling while he was selling CDs along a sidewalk. It happened to Philando Castile in his car at a stop light while his girlfriend and four-year-old daughter watched. Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, Mike Brown, and Tamir Rice are just a few others who faced similar ends. There are so many others, though, that it would be difficult to name them all…

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About the Author

Stephanie Espinoza

Stephanie started ministering to teens when she was just a teen herself. When her community at her parish growing up lacked a youth ministry effort that addressed the needs of Hispanic teens, she and her siblings and friends started their own. After years of volunteering her time as a teen, the Lord led her to study the New Evangelization at John Paul the Great Catholic University and to work in ministry at the very parish where she grew up. Today, she happily serves as the Coordinator of Hispanic Ministry Resources and Outreach for Life Teen, enjoys getting lost in a good book, appreciates the art of curating the perfect music playlist, and is learning to uncover the underrated perks of desert life.