Do All Lives Really Matter?
Black Lives Matter is not an act of supremacy or saying you are more important if you are black. The movement is saying there is a problem going on every year that is happening particularly in the BLACK COMMUNITY that is not happening anywhere else in America.
BLM is constantly being criticized for not adding a "too" at the end of the slogan. "It should be Black Lives Matters TOO." I do not think that is necessary. We are smart human beings.
However, I do believe it is necessary to change "All Lives Matter" to "All Lives SHOULD Matter." The problem with "Black Lives Matter" is that it supposedly sends a false message that black lives are more important that other races who fall victim to police brutality. The problem with "ALL LIVES MATTER" is that it is sending a false message that everyone, black and white equally, share the same issues... and that is a lie.
What about "black on black crime?" they are asked. If they care about the lives of black people so much why are they killing one another in "gangs."
Black people don't ONLY kill black people. They also kill other races too. However, black people do kill other black people more often than they kill other races. That is true.
White people don't only kill white people. White people kill other races too! And, like every race, white people kill other white people more often than they kill other races. People are more likely to kill whoever is in their own environment, community, town, community, etc. People kill who that have interactions with, and most of the time it is close to home or in the home.
So when does "black on black crime" become racist? I becomes racist when you do not hear the term "WHITE ON WHITE CRIME" to make it seem as though black people are the only one killing their own race. Therefore, they do not have the right to care about their own lives, even though the victims to police brutality are not gang members. The phrase BLACK ON BLACK CRIME was created to distract from the sociological, racial dilemma that when black and white interact with one another, it is the black race who get killed more often by the white race.
Black people are more likely to get frisked, arrested, beaten, killed, and incarcerated at least FIVE TIMES more often than a white person considering that blacks only make up about 20% of the nation.
Black on black crime is a LIE.
I understand the reality of the illegal gang life in the black community. I do not support nor am I making excuses for that. But let me remind you of the biggest gang STILL LEGAL in the USA.... The Ku Klux Klan... And I'm just saying that "black on black crime" is not an excuse for the unjustified deaths of black people by police neither, ESPECIALLY when most of the incidences are done not behind a white hoodie like in 1950, but behind a blue uniform in 2017.
We are not fighting racism as we known it to be 60 years ago. Racism has evolved into something else.
When see a red color, we associate that with different things such as STOP. Now, who chose for that color to mean stop? I don't know. But if all of a sudden society said, "No, now red means go and green means stop." We might accept that change, but how long will it take society to subconsciously believe that?
We live in a society that associates color with different ideals that causes us to act and feel a certain way. We respond to color. Black has been associated with bad, ugly, and criminal for at least 500+ years. Even down to movies we loved as a kid, you can see where this programming starts. For example, my favorite Disney is The Lion King. Who is the villain? Scar. But what COLOR is he? What COLOR is the almost all villains? They are darker. They are BLACK.
Night. Day. Wedding. Funeral. Black magic. White magic... Who made these rules? Who built this society made these rules on color?
We are only one race; the human race. We are fighting against COLORISM. We say black and white so often and bubble in our ethnic descriptions as if we are a completely different species from one another. We are not. We are human. And how we treat each other and how we divide each other is based on colorism.
Our fight is not against each other. We are fighting how people perceive color. We are fighting a WHAT, not a WHO. The sooner we learn more about what we are fighting, the faster we can come up with tactics, strategies, and solutions. But IGNORing the obvious oppression darker skin has over light, is IGNORant. Yes, light skin is privileged because this system benefits the white people more than it does black.
Slavery and segregation was a huge decline in black man's economical growth. My 48-year-old father is the fist in my lineage to be born "free" outside of slavery and segregation. I'm the first in my linesge to graduate college not because my family asn't smart enough. They were not granted equal opportunity. Even today, it is harder for a black boy in the hood to be successful compared to a white boy in the suburb. Not impossible, but it is harder and it shouldn't be.
All lives SHOULD matter. But when the statistics show that the darker you are the more likely you are to be frisked, arrested, killed, and incarcerated, we can see that white lives hold more value.
I do not believe ALL white police purposely target blacks. But lets just be honest... Even though we know racism is wrong, and we shouldn't judge a person by their color, and everyone is the same, you might still catch yourself holding your purse a little bit closer while in the presence of darker skin. Its the initial THREAT, the racial bias that is subconsciously tied to dark skin when they shoot and kill people who did not deserve to die.
Black lives matter TOO? That is what America says it should be called in order to be more clear. I say, it is not rocket science. It is not a hard concept to understand. We do not want to understand. Because if we did, we would have no choice but to take responsibility. So we play dumb, to keep the revolution dumb. Blacks are viewed as a race who are lazy, complainers who stick to the past and use the race card at every chance they get in order to play victim. They are people that stretch all over the country. All different classes, genders, ages, and size who all hold the same perspectives, view points, and share the same stories with their race being the only common denominator. Racism, is not a myth. Colorism, is not a myth. Young black kids dying by police, is not a myth. Their stories are real and we will never understand because we do not try.
I hear BLUE LIVES MATTER, as if police were born with a uniform that cannot be taken off.
I hear WHITE LIVES MATTER, created by white supremacist.
I hear ALL LIVES MATTER, even though we do not share the same horror stories.
But for some reason, we can never say BLACK Lives Matter... and I think it is something we each have to ask ourselves honestly WHY the word "BLACK" is so hard to roll off our tongue so much to the point where we have to piggy back off a movement against police brutality.
Sadly, it is hard to poll oppression, racism, and colorism. But I do know the blacker you are, the more real it is for you.
All lives will matter when black lives matter. Saying it, does not make it true. Live it.