‘The Bigger Picture’ of BLM Comes To Radford

3 min read The Bigger Picture is the movement we need to make a change for the future. Take part in the change. ‘No justice, No Peace.’

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By Breanna Bell | bbell20@radford.edu

Being from a generation where technology rules the world, our students here at Radford have banded together to fight injustice, and they’re doing it all with a hashtag: #RUtheBiggerPicture.

Hyderra Wall, a current junior attending Radford University, said, “I went to a few of the events and honestly was impressed. You can tell the students cared about what they preached and believe that our generation can help bring change.”Recently, a few diverse organizations have provided events that would help bring awareness to the highlander campus.

Previous events have been about educating the public on various topics such as mental health awareness and voter’s education.

#RUtheBiggerPicture functions have had a great turnout; students wanting to learn came out to the events and not only showed up but also participated.

Hyderra Wall, a current junior attending Radford University, said, “I went to a few of the events and honestly was impressed. You can tell the students cared about what they preached and believe that our generation can help bring change.”

Photo Credit: (Clay Banks) Man walks in front of a Black Lives Matter flag (IG: @clay.banks).

We have seen three major police brutality cases get a wide range of media coverage: George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Jacob Blake.

The most recent story to gain attention is the shooting of Jacob Blake, an African American male.

Fortunately, Blake lived through the events and was able to see another day. However, this one survivor does not excuse the fact that this was an injustice that should have never occurred.

At one point, George Floyd and Jacob Blake had the world’s attention, including those of some of our students taking to social media.

Footage of both incidents spread quickly and was shared countless times to get the attention of our generation. Even though Breonna Taylor’s incident had no video footage, her case held a large presence in the media and eventually became a ‘Breonna No Knock Law.’

Regarding the social unrest, #RUtheBiggerPicture plans to host a peaceful protest demanding that change emerges within the current state of the United States of America.

What change might that be?

The Bigger Picture is the movement we need to make a change for the future.This country has seen an increase in footage of police brutality cases over the last few months since the death of George Floyd; within this time, minorities and allies everywhere cried out against the injustice from the hands of those who are sworn to protect us.

Soon to follow, a peaceful protest took the nation by storm, as well as the motto, ‘No justice, No Peace’ grabbing the attention of many and advocating for a progressive nation.

The Bigger Picture is the movement we need to make a change for the future.

The organizations involved on campus are leading the way for us as Radford University students to be involved with a chance to better our society. This entity also encourages students to use their voices for change that will affect our generation and the generations to come.

Radford students on-campus and other institutes in the United States want to see a better future. Take part in the change.