But a video by AJ+, compiled from the hashtag #CarefreeBlackKids2k16, offers a brief reminder of why movements like Black Lives Matter are so important, and why we have to overcome these tragedies. Black Lives Matter pushes us to make life better for these smiling, dancing black kids, none of whom should have to worry about getting killed by a police officer when they’re doing nothing wrong. (Obviously, no one should fall victim to this, but the statistics show black people are disproportionately likely to be killed by police.)
The video is also just a welcome shot of jubilation after such a dismal week. As Heben Nigatu, who promoted the hashtag on social media, said on Twitter, "I hope this thread brought some joy into your day. I really needed this."