All Lives Matter Because Black Lives Matter
Calling Out Racists
If you think that as a white woman, I am going to lend my voice to the racist crowd who are trying to negate the Black Lives Matter movement by saying “all lives matter,” then you are mistaken. The truth is that all lives matter, of course. But in this country and around the world it is the black lives that are being disproportionately marginalized, passed over, mistreated, and killed, often at the hands of the very police and people who have sworn to “serve and protect.” If white America doesn’t get off of their collective inactivity and do something to help, this kind of media storm will continue over and over again, recycling until the planet burns up or Jesus comes back to set things right.
I would say the time has come to have a reckoning. Do we really have the racist blinders on so firmly that we are going to refuse to see that it is the black people who are twice as likely to be incarcerated, twice as likely to be denied medical help, twice as likely to be killed in the street as white people? If you want so good information, read the excellent article in Harpers Bazaar about it.
There's a lot of things that need to change. One specifically? Police brutality.— Colin Kaepernick
When I drive down the street and am pulled over for a tail light out of something equally insignificant, I don’t worry that I will be dragged from my car, body-slammed to the pavement, and put into a choke-hold. Black women do. I don’t think “will he rape me?” Black women do. When I am pulled over and I turn to reach for my wallet to find my driver’s license, I don’t fear for a moment that the police officer will whip out his firearm and shoot me dead. Black people do. When confronted by police in the wrong place at the wrong time, if I put my hands up I am assured that I am safe. Black people are not. If I should be taken to jail, I am pretty confident even if I have committed some heinous act, I will be treated with respect and some dignity. Black people are not. If I go to jail, I don’t fear that I may never come out. Black people do. In jail, I don’t think that officers will kill me. Black people do. In jail, I am pretty confident that the constitution will ensure I get to see a judge in a reasonable time and be heard. Black people do not.
Not the Norm
You may think that what happened to George Floyd at the hands of those who swore to serve and protect was an unusual case, not the norm. To Black people, it was just a Monday. To them, this kind of thing happens every day. If you haven’t seen it, you haven’t been paying attention. I won’t say that you have your head in the sand but if I were you, I’d check for sand in my hair. My black daughter recently wrote: “I didn’t do anything wrong the day I was followed by an officer all around our quaint little town, or when I was interrogated after delivering newspapers (my job) for being in/leaving a nice apartment building at 5 am, or when I was threatened with being arrested when officers found out that I picked up a shovel to defend myself against a local meth-head (Caucasian) when she pulled a knife on me after I found her breaking into my home.”
Hardship and Degradation
If your ancestors were perhaps poor and sold themselves as indentured servants to come to this country, they were freed after 7 years of paying off the debt. Black people didn’t have that luxury. They were herded here like animals and cargo in the bottom of a boat against their will. They were summarily sold and worked till they died. When freed they were lynched by the KKK. When the protested and marched peacefully for their civil rights they were set upon by dogs and fire hoses. You cannot say they haven’t seen hardship or that they haven’t paid their dues. This isn’t just happening here either. This is happening all over the world. Black men are killed in the streets of London just as they are in Minnesota. In enlightened countries where high-sounding morals like the Rights of Men are spouted but not enforced for all men and women.
We're not anti-police... we're anti-police brutality.— Al Sharpton
Black Lives Matter is merely pointing out that a segment of the community is at risk. Is that so hard to understand? Does the term take away any rights, benefits, happiness, or health from white lives? Or are we so steeped in childish, kindergarten mentality that we cannot stand someone else to be in the spotlight even for a moment? I am sure that pointing out that all lives matter, is just a childish ploy to bring the focus away from the key issues that need and must be addressed. Where is your heart? Where is your compassion? Have the last few weeks and all the footage meant so little to you that your heart is not moved and you really don’t care? The body of America has a serious illness, a wound that has not healed in hundreds of years. The strong right arm of America is the black people but the other arm seems to me content to let it go gangrenous. If you have a pain you see a doctor. Why can’t we attend to the painful situation in the strong right arm of America? Is that too much to ask?
Recently, a local farmer’s market manager posted some handmade signs after hearing some racist comments at the market. She didn’t expect backlash but she got it. One white woman threatened to get her federal funding revoked. One white man stormed over and told her that her “politics” had no place at the farmer’s market and he was personally offended. Why has decent behavior become political?
Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome.— Rosa Parks
Finally, I have to say the obvious. Do your own research. Look up the facts. Don’t let the media tell you what you should think and what you should know. Think for yourselves and double-check every fact. If you don’t, you are little better than the German public who allowed the Nazi propaganda to lead them around by the nose until they were so deep there was no looking back. Thugs don’t have power unless we let them; unless we do nothing and allow the thuggery to continue. Be the freethinking that we built this country on. We didn’t let King George tell us what was okay and we rose up to throw off the yoke of oppression. Allow that same freethinking mindset in yourselves and help a worthy cause achieve justice for wrongs still being committed.
Let me know what you think but be assured that I will delete any comments that are hate-filled rhetoric. I appreciate honest and civil discourse and welcome conversations. But I will not be bated into the pit of name-calling and racial slurs.