Black Lives Matter urges against voting at RNC

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Black Lives Matter protestor Christian Lewis poses on the sidewalk of Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland on Monday, July 18, 2016. 

Stephen Means

The Black Lives Movement was formed following the controversial killing of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in July 2013.

As the public has been made more aware of police brutality across the nation within the last three years, the movement has received mixed responses from the general public.

In downtown Cleveland on Monday, BLM, featuring approximately seven people, partook in a peaceful protest during the first day of the the Republican National Convention.

Their message was, “I ain’t voting until black lives matter.”

“We’re not voting until we see a change,” protestor Christian Lewis said of the protest’s message. “We’re just not seeing anything that’s being improved. There’s nothing that’s being changed for us as African Americans and right now.”

Lewis explained that the options available to him from both the Democratic and Republican parties have also played a huge role in why he has decided not to vote in this year’s election.

However, he did admit that if he does decide to vote in the general election, he will favor Democratic presumptive nominee Hillary Clinton over Republican nominee Donald Trump.

“For this year’s presidential election, I don’t think that it’s going to hurt anything. It’s just that I don’t think (Trump) is going to be a great leader at all,” Lewis said. “Hillary Clinton—in my opinion—she’s not either, but I do think that she hears us more than Trump does.”

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