The hashtag #CancelBlackLivesMatter has been used to promote campaigns by the anti-Trump movement.
But the term itself has also been used by some groups that oppose Trump, and there’s been debate over whether it’s an appropriate way to use the campaign.CNN’s Dana Bash asked a question about whether #CancellBlackLightsMatter is a marketing tactic that can be used by any group.
Here’s what we know:It’s a hashtag that’s been used for decades to promote activism and social justice, and it’s a tactic that some groups have used.
Some say it’s not appropriate to use to promote a political movement.
The #CANCELBLACKLIVESMOTHERFAMILY movement started as an online discussion group that was organized in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election, when many African Americans in the United States were still feeling the brunt of the racially charged violence that followed.
The hashtag #BlackLivedMoms is a response to the deaths of three Black men who were killed by police during a peaceful protest in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2014.
A similar hashtag was used in the weeks following the protests to call for justice.
#Blacklivesmatter was also a hashtag used in response to President Trump’s call for a federal investigation into the killing of Eric Garner in New York City.
In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) suggested #CancelBlackLiftsMasses was a marketing term.
“There’s a whole bunch of other ways that hashtag can be a marketing tool for people to use,” he said.
“They can use it to promote something else, and you know what?
That’s fine, and I think that it’s appropriate to be using it in that context.”
But it’s also not a marketing strategy, and so I don’t think that hashtag should be used as a marketing method.
That’s what they are saying.
We have to figure out a way to make sure that we have that conversation in our communities and make sure we’re not creating a distraction.
“In a statement released Thursday, the White House said that the #CANCELLBlackLIVESMATTER campaign is being run with the support of the Obama administration, including a $500,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.”
We look forward to working with Congress to enact legislation that protects and advances the civil rights of all Americans.”CNN’s Matt Chivers contributed to this report.