STH: Tell me a little about yourself /your up bringing?
My name is Justin Hill. I was born in Miami, FL on August 24th, 1992. I am currently a senior at Florida International University with a major in Political Science. I plan to attend law school in the fall of 2018. I plan to get into the public sector of helping those in the urban communities of America, especially the under privileged and under represented blacks who reside in America.
STH: How has being a black male effect your choices in life?
Being a black male has effected my choices in life in many ways. I believe me being a black male has influenced what books I read, the company I keep and the environment that I was brought up in. In America, we have always been categorized with whatever stereotype that society puts on us in. Whether it being a thug, lazy or criminal. However, we are more than that! We are leaders, doctors, lawyers, fathers, educators and everything else that society doesn’t WANT us to be. This is what keeps me and other black men going.
STH: What does BATM stand for?
BATM is labeled the Become A Threat Movement. The Become A Threat movement promotes liberation, passion and social involvement in the community.
STH: What keeps you going?
I have always been a student and ultimately influence by leaders like Malcolm X, Huey Newton, and Marcus Garvey. These black men were seen as “Threats.” Society viewed them as such a threat because they knew how the system worked. They knew how the government functioned. They knew more than Society wanted them to know. So what happened? They were killed. I said let me become a threat but let's change the connotation behind it. Let's become a threat with music, education whatever yours passionate about becoming the absolute best at it.
STH: Where do you see this movement going?
I see a new Black Panther Party like Movement. I see a movement based on community involvement and social awareness. I see school drives and breakfast for the youth. I want to start career fairs for those who are without a job. I see school and community rallies. I correct those who call it a “brand,” and I tell them “No this is a movement.” We want no personal gain from the funds. The money will go towards community intervention.
STH: How do you keep the solidarity deep as you go broader with it?
The solidarity will always remain deep. This is a movement for the people, for the community—for us. We will never get so big where we lose all of our values. This movement will remain organic to the roots of its origin. This is what makes it so beautiful in my opinion.
STH: Where can we follow you on social media and do you have a website?
My website is BATmonline.com where you can find our T-Shirts to purchase and follow the movement.
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