How Does Super High Five Work at Churchill Betting?

It’s safe to say that we are all aware of the dangers that the #BlackLivesMatter movement poses to America. From Ferguson to Baltimore, and even beyond, the slogan ‘Black lives matter’ has become a symbol of defiance against police brutality and institutional racism. Inspired by the protests in North Carolina, Super High Five began as a way to raise awareness about the issues and call for change as a result of the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

The group was started by a coalition of black and brown women who saw the potential in a hashtag that gave voice to their cause. The #BlackLivesMatter hashtag had only ever been used to criticize the movement, but the five silent letters that form #SuperHighFive gave it a fresh, empowering meaning. For the disenfranchised members of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, this five-finger salute has become a sign of strength and solidarity.

The origins of the Super High Five movement lie in the Tar Heel state of North Carolina. In August 2016, a black man named Keith Lamont Scott was shot and killed by a police officer in Charlotte, North Carolina. The killing was captured on camera and the footage went viral. As a result of the shooting, protests and boycotts took place in the city. The hashtag #Challlotterie (Charlotte spelled backwards) was used on social media to draw attention to the excessive use of force by police and the killing of an unarmed black man in broad daylight. For many, this was the last straw. It wasn’t long before the hashtag took off, and inspired a social media-powered movement that called for justice, not just in Charlotte but in other American cities as well.

The Five-Point Plan

Just two months after the #BlackLivesMatter movement went viral, an activist named Patrisse Cullors formed a group of women who identified as part of the movement. With the hashtag #LightItUp, the group began to plan actions and raise funds for non-profit organizations that work in the fight against police brutality and mass incarceration. Inspired by the success of the hashtag, the women came up with a five-point plan to fight racial injustice in America:

  1. Education – Raise awareness about issues of systemic racism and inequality.
  2. Organization – Build a coalition of organizations and individuals who support Black Lives Matter.
  3. Mobilization – Create a rapid response team to mobilize residents for direct action.
  4. Sustainability – Identify and develop partnerships with businesses who will support our community.
  5. Protection – Identify and develop safety protocols for Black people and other people of color in our communities.

The five women who started the Super High Five movement were motivated by the fear that justice would not be served if something were to happen to them or someone they know. They understood that something must be done to ensure that black lives truly do matter in America. They wanted to create a movement that would help bring an end to racial injustice, and they did so by using the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter and the five-point plan that they created.

Just last month, Super High Five activists and staff participated in a 16-day prison strike in solidarity with the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC). The aim of the strike was to draw attention to the prison labor and human rights abuses that take place within American jails and prisons. Inmates staged a one-day hunger strike, and the #SuperHighFive hashtag took on a whole new meaning as protestors used the hashtag to highlight their work for justice. For instance, #SuperHighFive was used in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and other activist groups to promote the strike. The organizers of the strike hoped that the protest would lead to systemic changes within the American justice system, and they were right. The #BlackLivesMatter movement and the #SuperHighFive hashtag continue to grow in popularity, and the latter has now been used in solidarity with other causes, including: