Buffalo Approves Resolution to Rename City Street ‘Black Lives Matter’

The Black Lives Matter movement will officially be commemorated in Buffalo, New York. 

This past Tuesday, June 23, the Buffalo Common Council passed a resolution to designate a city street to the Black Lives Matter movement. The sponsor of the resolution, Council President Darius G. Pridgen, revealed that an impassioned letter from a 17-year-old rising senior at the Frederick Law Olmsted school inspired the council to approve the legislation. The 17-year-old youth, Mekhi Edwards, eloquently explained in his letter that the renaming of a street to Black Lives Matter would empower the Black community and promote unity. It would legitimize the movement by ensuring that permanent, long-lasting action was taken to celebrate Black heritage and pay homage to the racial equity campaign. Edwards explained, “The purpose [of renaming a street] is awareness and then change. You can’t go anywhere if there’s no change.”

This project, although officially approved, is still in the early works of development. Many logistical concerns need to be addressed, such as the location of this awaited, memorialized Black Lives Matter street.  

This resolution is revolutionary, a step in the right direction. America eagerly exploits Black culture, but rarely celebrates and honors it: Black subculture has dramatically influenced the mainstream, from hairstyles and fashion, to popular slang, dance, and music. Your pregame playlist simply wouldn’t exist without Black culture. 

Many “hipsters” mechanically consume and appropriate Black culture for personal enjoyment and profit. The American public is quick to embrace Black culture, to fangirl favorite artists, actors, and athletes. However, when it comes to championing Black Lives Matter, many individuals are less vocal. For many, Blackness seems to be a thing to consume, but not to engage with. 

People enlighten others on social media about the problematic nature of cultural appropriation.

We commend Buffalo for taking this revolutionary action, for making this bold anti-racism statement and championing its Black residents. Color is not a crime, but silence is. How many more lives need to be lost? How many police brutality cases weren’t filmed? How do you promote safety and security within the Black community when the criminal wears a badge? Black Lives Matter…Black Lives Matter…Black Lives Matter; we’ll say it until we don’t need to say it anymore.