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The art and science of names
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For those who are not aware, it's a movement honoring the black (and trans) victims of violence (both from police and elsewhere) by, well, saying their names. My impression is that it really picked up speed last year, or at least that's when I started hearing it everywhere... but it looks like it got started in 2016. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/on-the-power-of-saytheirnames-what-americas-victims_b_57631c65e4b0ed0729a15b89First, I want to say that I think this hashtag has really helped to humanize the horrific statistics about violence towards the black community, in a way that I think really speaks to the power of names. I hope so much that it can, together with the current wave of protests, finally impact a very broken system and leads to the systemic change we clearly need.I'd also been wondering to what degree the #saytheirnames hashtag has had impact on the names people are not just saying, but giving to children born, because I think I think is the ultimate way of keeping a name said and memories alive. Trayvon Martin (a 17 year old shot for wearing a hoodie in 2012) had a long-lasting and very clear effect on names:
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