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Explaining why Black Lives Matter

Updated on January 14, 2016

Black lives matter too

It has come to my attention that some people do not understand why it is that the black community is in an uproar and protesting. I am here to explain this. Many will think, well, why don't all lives matter? All lives do matter, the point of Black Lives Matter is not to say that any other life do not matter. It is a way to try and get the United States to see that in 2016, we are STILL dealing with racism. It's not to say all whites are racist, it is to say that for the most part, black lives seems to be irrelevant. There are many people on both sides of the spectrum. There are some blacks that think this movement is foolish and their are some whites that side with the black lives matter activist. Let me go into further detail. In todays world, the black community is still discriminated against. There is a lot of police brutality going around, there is a lot of racism, and overall discrimination in minor ways. For example, on The View Raven said that she would not hire someone with a "ghetto" name. That is discriminatory. She won't hire someone because of their name? Hiring someone is based off of what that person can bring to the table and the credentials they possess NOT by their name. Another problem that people like to point out is how when a white person charge at a police officer the police do not immediately shoot them, but when a black person does it they just shoot.

I understand that not everyone will comprehend why this is such a major event. You can't exactly understand something like this fully without living the lives that those people who are fighting for acknowledgement live. Either way, people should be more opened minded, people should stop and try to put themselves in another persons shoes, they should not make ignorant comments just because they don't understand the situation. People should defiantly NOT mock the black lives matter movement, that is beyond disrespectful and overall just plain ignorant.


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      Ronnie wrenchBiscuit 21 months ago

      TSUD, LOL!

      You should know by now that I am not moved by your childish ravings. In fact, I don't have to insult you because you are doing just fine on your own. I'll bet you respond to this with another idiotic assault. Flame on Amigo!

      I am especially amused by your appeal to Ebony earlier: "If you love America...". I cannot speak for Ebony but I know what I love about America. I love all of the people who have fought against the evil of America. It is a very long list but here is just a few:

      Tecumseh

      Goyathlay

      Tatanka Iyo Tanka

      Metacom

      John Brown

      Henry David Thoreau

      Emma Goldman

      Nate Turner

      Ida B Wells

      Frederick Douglas

      Harriet Tubman

      W.E.B. Dubois

      Edward Snowden

      Anacaona

      Louis Farrakhan

      Martin Luther King

      Malcolm X

      You'll notice I didn't include any miscreant slave owners and rapists like George Washington, or Thomas Jefferson. Those are the people that you admire TSUD. Those are the types of people you will meet in your white Heaven; a place where the good white folk , with little or no rhythm, can sing praises to their white Jesus for an eternity.

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      TSAD 21 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      If you choose to follow the ravings of wrench biscuit who is a total nobody whom you can't even vet over the authors of that article, you are hopelessly misguided. You don't look for evidence to lead you to the facts, you simply grab onto anything that agrees with your misguided perceptions.

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      Ebony 21 months ago from United States

      That article was such a joke and im not going to entertain that. I don't care how "qualified" your resources are, their making a mockery out of this movement which is plain disrespectful. Also, wrenchbiscuit has already replied to your conspiracy theory. there is no actual proof that these people people are trying to "exploit black people" that can be all circumstantial and opinion. As i said before this is just another ploy to swipe this movement aside and quite frankly i dont care what yall said, yall dont know the meaning of this movement and yall are just plain disrespecting it. i dont care for close-minded people, theres no use in discussing this with you or teamrn

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      TSAD 21 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      The second a person ignores facts documented and presented by legitimate and well known researchers presented by a messenger, and immediately resorts to name calling and attacking the messenger of the facts without even trying to present any proof that refutes the research journalism presented, that person has lost any high ground or potential respect for his/her opinion about the said facts. Just the truth.

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      Ebony 21 months ago from United States

      Don't flatter yourself, I approve everyones comments and as you can see the troll's post is still up, as i strted before i didn't see it but you can certainly retype it again

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      teamrn 21 months ago from Chicago

      It can't be resent because it is lost when it is sent:

      "Your comment has been submitted."

      "This just seems like another example of white people brushing aside black people speaking up." You wouldn't have know this, Ebony, unless you had seen my post

      Also, you talk about the troll. That (troll) is another example that I gave; indicating again, that my post was received and not published. I won't protest. But, no, I'm not scared; I just thought I'd have a meaningful dialog about the BLM movement that seems to have co-opted your desires.

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      Ebony 21 months ago from United States

      Teamrn, I dont know what post youre talking about but maybe you should resend it. Aside from that, what point are you and the troller are trying to make? This just seems like another example of white people brushing aside black people speaking up. Are ya'll scared about something? Like, why are yall so upset about this movement? And I recommend NOT pulling that all lives matter crap because i already explained before the BLM movement is NOT saying that only black lives matter

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      Ronnie wrenchBiscuit 21 months ago

      teamrn, Considering black people make up only 13.2% of the U.S. population, it doesen't take a rocket scientist to figure the probability that overall, whites would engage the police more than blacks. I fail to see why you are holding this up as a smoking gun. It is totally irrelevant to the Black Lives Matter movement. I haven't looked at the exact figures, but if white people are also suffering in great numbers at the hands of the police, I would suggest that white people should also join the protest. If this is true, the fact that white people aren't loudly protesting the killing of white citizens by police says something about the sheepish, herd mentality of white people. Why aren't they protesting?

      For instance, the killing of 19 year old Samantha Ramsey in Boone County Kentucky on April 26, 2014, hardly made a blip on the social media radar. It briefly received honorable mention on the major news networks and then disappeared. There was no outrage from the public, and no charges were filed against the miscreant cop who killed her. Apparently black people are tired of being bullied and murdered by cops. If the white majority is content to let the cops go on killing white people then that is their choice. But that is no reason to vilify Black Lives Matter simply because they choose to stand up against an evil system.

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      teamrn 21 months ago from Chicago

      I find it interesting that the post that my post of today was in response to Ebony's has not appeared. It contained an irrefutabe fact that there was more police violence towards whites than blacks

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      Ronnie wrenchBiscuit 21 months ago

      Ebony,

      Obviously, you are already aware that there are a lot of white racists on Hubpages. But true to form, these people are usually uneducated and have no original ideas of their own. They are always citing a third party in line with their beliefs to promote their racist fantasies. But this has been going on for over 500 years.

      There is a speech that was published in 1857 called "Slavery Ordained By God" that was written by a white racist preacher named Fred A. Ross. It can be found online at the Library of Congress.

      I suggest you read it if you haven't already. When you do you will see the correlation between the pro-slavery arguments of the antebellum and the racist arguments we hear today in favor of white supremacy, and against people of color. It further illustrates that these miscreants will always provide an excuse for evil. In his speech, Ross uses the Christian Bible to bolster his claim that slavery was acceptable in the eyes of God. The arrogant Europeans have always imagined that they have a monopoly on God, but little do they know that God was already here in the New World when they were still living in caves, and rolling in their own excrement.

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      TSAD 21 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      Teamrn, did your read the article I linked in my original comment?

      Read it and tell me before Ebony deletes all my copmments, do you think that I am a troll and that article is some hit piece. Would noted people like James Simpson who is an economist, former White House budget analyst, businessman and investigative journalist or Veteran researcher Trevor Loudon and Matthew Vadum (Senior Editor, Capital Research Center) make this stuff up?

      Or maybe, just maybe does Ebony have blinders on?

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      teamrn 21 months ago from Chicago

      Ebony, I can only respond to the photos I saw of the members of the BLM movement blocking off the Bay Bridge. Did you ever hear of negative attention? These folks are drawing attention to their cause, but the response is far from POSITIVE.

      Dr. King advocated peaceful protests. To me, peaceful means more than the lack of guns or knives. Peaceful is a disturbance which makes a point, but then disappears into the sidelines once the point has been made.

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      TSAD 21 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      So what in the article is not true? Not the blanket statements but the specific details. The facts the article is based on, what issue can you find with any of these specifics. The article provides specific information about the backers and funding of this movement - where are they wrong? I'm looking for the truth, are you?

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      Ebony 21 months ago from United States

      You're kidding me right? Like this is just a troll? Nice conspiracy theory but I beg to differ. The BLM movement is a movement. It's didn't start because trayvon martian died. It didn't start because Michael Brown died. Those were the breaking points. This movement was already in the making. This stems found years of pent up anger and years of keeping silent while people looked on at the injustice. Did you ever stop to consider that this happen because of the injustice? Do you know there are more blacks in jail than any other race? Do you know that the justice system is jacked? the trayvon martian case is just one example. Do you know what they said about his case? According to CBSNEWS they said "Federal civil rights charges are difficult to press, let alone get convictions for. In its press release about the decision, the lack of charges against Zimmerman are said to be a result of being unable to meet the standard of proving that the "defendant knew his acts were unlawful, and committed those acts in open defiance of the law." Zimmerman had CLEAR INSTRUCTIONS to not get out of his car but he disregarded what they said. I am not going to sit here and let you turn this movement into a mockery OR a conspiracy theory. You don't know what this movement means to everyone who participates in it. I am beyond bewildered by that article you pasted in your comment, I am offended, and I am blown by the nerve you had to paste it.

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      TSAD 21 months ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

      Ebony, you say " the point of Black Lives Matter is not to say that any other life do not matter. It is a way to try and get the United States to see that in 2016, we are STILL dealing with racism."

      I beg to differ with you and would suggest that you research the BLM "movement' instead of just buying into your feelings about it. You make it sound like a grass roots movement when it is pure astroturf. Grass roots movements never start off an incident (Michael Brown) that has nothing to do with the grievance as in 'Hands up, don't shoot' which was built on a lie!

      Black Lives Matter is anything but a grassroots movement. Just like Occupy Wall Street, it is astroturf, fake grass roots movements used by the militant left extensively to help promote their liberal agendas.

      Your explanation of Why Black lives matter is what the people behind it want you to believe and I'm sure is true for people like you, but your cause has been hijacked. And I'd bet not by anyone you'd care to be associated with, that is if you love America.

      Reds Exploiting Blacks: The Roots of Black Lives Matter

      http://www.aim.org/special-report/reds-exploiting-...

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      teamrn 21 months ago from Chicago

      Ebony,

      I'm not trying to twist words or put words in your mouth, Ebony.

      However, you say , "I want to be known for who I am and as a person, " You stand a better chance of being known for Ebony, WITHOUT the BLM movement reminding me that you are mistreated, misunderstood.

      I'd rather YOU tell me. I'd rather Ebony teach me who Ebony is. But, in the same token, I'd rather you listen to me and believe that I matter every bit as much.

      I'd rather know who EBONY is, through EBONY, not through the BLM movement which, yes, uses hooliganism to point out deficiencies in ME. Statements like, 'pigs in a blanket, fry 'em in a pan' don't win friends and influence people.' (By the by, I am not with the police and don't have ties to the police, but that statement sticks in the craw of a lot of people and stuck with me.) That statement says, HATE.

      When when I feel attacked-pigs in a blanket-a normal human nature, response is to dig in and not give a rodents rear about Ebony. Suddenly, I lose sight that I was on a quest to learn what makes Ebony tick.

      This also shows the importance of who you associate with, WHO YOU CHOSE AS YOUR REPRESENTATIVE.

      As far as I can tell, there are two issues at play here:

      There's the 'black lives matter' or 'black lives matter, too' issue. That issue has been litigated and the jury is out.

      Then, there is the second issue: That I can never fully and I can never possibly understand the meaning of a black life unless I put myself in a black persons shoes. That I can't know life from a black person's perspective unless I put myself in their shoes.

      Do we really want to go down that road? Saying that justifies my saying that you couldn't possibly know me without putting on my shoes and walking around in them for a while. This 'walk a mile in my shoes' has got to stop. or we'll spend the rest of the millenium trotting around in other shoes and learning lessons about who they are.

      By the by, I HAVE read your article and yes, people do need to be more open-minded, but you CAN'T say with certainty that I live with the fear that blacks live with. You CAN say that , that no one lives with ANYONE'S fear daily. "Nobody knows the trouble I've seen, nobody knows my sorrow..."

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      Ebony 21 months ago from United States

      Teaming, I don't understand why people keep twisting the meaning behind black lives matter, the statement by itself doesn't even carry an air of 'only blacks matter'. As I stated in my article, if you had bother reading it, you would not understand the point of black lives matter because you have never lived that life. It's not saying only black lives matter, it is saying that black lives matter too. Please stop trying to twist this to fit into your own idea that black people think only their lives matter because we don't. I care about every person regardless of their ethnicity, I just want that same courtesy back. I don't want to be label as a hoodlum, as lazy, or any other typical idea that people may have about black people. I want to be know for who I am and as a person, that's what Black Live Matter stand for, not what you are saying. But as stated in my article that you didn't bother reading, people need to be more open minded and try to put themselves in a black person shoes, because, I want to say with certainty, you don't live with the fear that blacks live with on the daily.

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      Ronnie wrenchBiscuit 21 months ago

      teamrn, That's funny. You have a twisted view of the world. just because I have German ancestors, I do not take offense if someone speaks against the German Nazis, or the European Invaders who came uninvited to this continent. Why should I get offended on either account? It is only the truth that the Nazis were evil, as well as the European Invasion of this continent. It is no reflection on me , unless I make apologies for evil. Yet, you are offended by "Black Lives Matter". I am not black, but I am also not offended. If you are not racist, then what is your problem with the phrase?

      And apparently you don't know what a strawman is, since not only do you deny the first, but now you have raised a second. But I will address your second strawman:

      I did not suggest that you owed anyone anything. I can tell that you mis-interpret much of what you read. However, there are many theives here in the United States who are making billions of dollars from stolen land mineral rights, and resources that belong to the First Nations.

      Manifest Destiny is the excuse that the United States government has used for nearly 250 years to justify the genocide of over 100 million of my people, and the theft of an entire continent by European Colonialist invaders. You seek to trivialize the issue by suggesting that there is "a chip on my shoulder" but I am also familiar with that tired old tactic. Just like the Jews, we will never forget the evil that has been done in the name of "freedom and democracy".

      I can hardly imagine that if someone stole your car, a diamond ring, your house, property, or any other personal possession, that you would not seek a legal remedy. Of course you would. And would you do any less if your family were systematically murdered and raped for generations?

      I am well aware that the Africans have their own story, and that they are not monolithic in their socio-political perspective on American History. But I have no doubt that economic parity, along with substantial reparations is the least that the United States could do for a race of people who are owed over 400 years in back wages. Not to mention the abusive, and violent treatment suffered along the way. The fact that the original miscreant slave owners have died is no excuse. The progeny of thieves and murderers have continued to benefit from the original sin for many generations; even unto this day. Perhaps they should forget their imaginary rights to stolen labor and stolen property, which altogether amounts to a stolen future.

      What you don't seem to understand is that there is a new day coming. The Indigenous and the African are moving in a different direction. We are no longer "asking" the ever shrinking white majority to give us what we are owed. We are simply going to take what is ours. Any white racists, Uncle Toms, or Vendidos who have a problem with that can take their American Dream and move back across the water.

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      teamrn 21 months ago from Chicago

      Dear Wrench Biscuit, how is my statement typical "Passive racisem?" I have no agenda, therefore no strawman argument is made.

      Just the statement itself, BLACK LIFES MATTER, carries with it someone's feeling that Black Lives Matter more than other lives, which I know not to be true, but whomever 'coined' the name for the movement, didn't think twice before shooting from the hip.

      Diversionary tactic; I am a simple person, not given to scheming and conniving, so when I'm confronted with the divsionary TACTIC I used, I'm astounded. What do you ascribe to be that tactic and if it is so irrelevant, why do you go on.

      I go on because I don't take kindly to being told that my discussion point, was irrelevant and I don't see how a discussion of the BLM movement doesn't raise awareness of police brutality-which any sane person knows exists. Just not to the degree you suggest. It exists in NYC, but rarely in Our Town, USA. Do I detect that a chip is digging in so hard as to cause pain?

      I have to quote this in it's entirety,"Your assessment of the police is also wrong. If the "good cops" were truly "good" then they would police themselves," So true in small towns, but trust me, I grew up in Chicago and 'Ozzie and Harriet' are not the big players in Chicago. Corruption can easily, and often does, go to the top. Ask Rahm.

      Am I to be impressed that you've been an entertainer for years and have learned a lot from life experiences. I should hop that we all have. If your friends h ave not heard of Black Wall Street, please lay it at THEIR feet and not mine, because I'm not picking up.

      I'm not racist, I was involved with the civil rights movement of the 60s. I refuse to pander to the terrible happenings of the slave years by continuing to invoke that "I owe you the inflated value of forty acres and a mule."

      I also hear YOU OWE ME. I did nothing to owe those 40 acres and a mule and will not make reparations for someone else's misdeeds. I was still in immigration in the 1870's.

      The corde must be cut and reality must be confronted, even when that reality 'bites.'

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      Ronnie wrenchBiscuit 21 months ago

      teamrn,

      Your commentary is a typical example of what I have defined as "passive" racism. First of all, you have created a strawman to support your own agenda. Neither Black Lives Matter, nor Ebony have suggested that black lives matter more than any other lives. I am Aniyunwiya and German. Neither side of me interprets the message that way. Your diversionary tactic here is old and tired. And so, that part of your commentary is completely irrelevant.

      Your comment about raising the profile of an issue is simply hyperbole and speculation, as there is no factual evidence that any of the violence you have alluded to was anything other than a collective anger expressed in the heat of the moment. Such group behavior is often described as being a "riot". But whether planned or not, the point you are trying to make only delivers us to an infinite regress.

      You say that the "innocent" business owners who suffered losses as a result of rioting will have a negative outlook on blacks, in spite of the positive effect of raising awareness. But this works in both directions. Police brutality, and systemic racism, may reinforce and "raise the profile" of white supremacy in the collective consciousness of the black community, but at the same time it fuels hate and animosity toward the system, even though every element of that system may not harbor a malicious intent toward blacks. And so the wheel goes around and around.

      Your assessment of the police is also wrong. If the "good cops" were truly "good" then they would police themselves, and they would not tolerate the behavior of rogue cops. Obviously, Ferguson and Baltimore remind us this is not the case. The so-called "good cops" commonly look the other way until a group like Black Lives Matter forces them to deal with the issues.

      Neville Chamberlin is famous for trying to appease Adolf Hitler. But the world found out the hard way that you cannot appease a tyrant. Neither can you make a generally racist white majority care about minorities. A corrupt power does not respect weakness,nor humility, but only power.

      Finally, being of mixed blood affords a certain advantage. I have been an entertainer for many years, and I have met and conversed with people from all over the United States, and from all walks of life. I do not have enough fingers and toes to count the times that I have witnessed a white person being friendly to a black person, only to have them turn to me after and make a derogatory racist comment, or tell me the latest "black joke" that is currently making the rounds. But what is worse, the majority never give a second thought to the institution of slavery, the theft of land and resources, or the current oppressive system of white supremacy. They have never heard of "Black Wall Street", and they actually believe the myth that all of the black people could escape the inner city if only they were motivated.

      Perhaps you do not see yourself as a racist. But my parents were Civil Rights activists in the late 60's. Consequently, I have seen too many snakes crawling on their bellies, to and fro across the Earth, not to recognize another one. Osiyo!

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      teamrn 21 months ago from Chicago

      Ebony, I will not read this hub because I KNOW black lives matter. They matter in cultural ways. They matter in the sense that blacks are empowered so they know that the struggles that they have endured over the years are recognized. They matter in that they show whites and other ethnic groups that there are important lives of all colors.

      That said, black lives matter no more than another life. Life is life is precious is life.

      There is 'racial profiling' which needs to stop, The proper avenue for redress is not to antagonize police who are thought to do the profiling. There is a proper way to let your concerns be known (those of racial profiling, for example) is to take it up with the proper authorities and if authorities are the problem; the answer is not to take it out on me by saying that black lives matter more than white lives.

      To act it out and to punish those THOUGHT to be perpetrators, is to make people question or downright dislike the actions of blacks. An example were black lives protesting in NYC or Chicago of late. Many businesses suffered. That was the intent.

      So, protests accomplished their goal of making a statement, of raising the profile of an issue. Unfortunately, some of those business owners which lost revenue during the black lives matter protests, now have issue-for who? Yes, for anyone who caused them to lose revenue. Blacks protested. So they have it in for blacks right now. Is that the way the world should operate?

      Does that mean we should never protest, never demonstrate? No. Nothing of the kind. This country was established with the encouragement of peaceful protesting. In fact, there are times when it might be our duty to protest PEACEFULLY.

      Peaceful protests does not only mean lack of violence. Peaceful protests mean that this 'sideways' violence has been considered and also considered not to be a factor.

      There may be racial profiling and excess use of force by police, but I submit, that if police, most of whom are honest people, are met with community backing instead of antagonizing behavior, they would be more protecting.

      I can only speak to the riots in Ferguson, the "hands up don't shoot" narrative-which was proven to be false. To be incensed is a normal response, and to demonstrate more normal, but not without all facts and then, this needs to be peaceful demonstration. Riots based on a false narrative don't result in respect, they set a movement for respect back.

      Do you honestly think that police will turn up at your door to protect you after they have just buried several police officers gunned down in the line of duty? These men and women have taken an oath to serve and protect (In various forms), but that oath only goes so far. They are human and have families. I realize that this might be their job, but loyalty and a paycheck only go so far. Put yourself in their shows.

      There has to be an end to violence against police and everyone must obey the law.

      People know that black lives matter, but if blacks keep insisting that they are the only lives that are affected by incorrect policing, police won't care and other people won't CARE. Is it right? No. But, that is also human nature, not just my observation.

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      Ronald E Franklin 21 months ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

      I hope that people of good will who's first reaction to hearing "Black Lives Matter!" is to feel that it's saying "ONLY black lives matter" will stop and consider how likely that is to be true.

      They might ask themselves, why would anyone feel the need to say that black lives matter? The idea that it's because activists want to communicate the concept that the lives of black people are the only important ones makes no sense. Besides being obviously not the case, it would be self-defeating as far as attracting support is concerned.

      What other reason might there be for forcefully asserting that black lives matter? Could it be because black people see themselves being treated as if their lives don't matter? Could it be a reaction to the number of black people who have recently been gunned down, choked to death, or who died in jail after being imprisoned for trivial causes?

      I understand that for some people there may be a negative gut reaction when they hear shouts of "Black lives matter!" But if they take time to put aside their immediate emotional reaction, and thoughtfully consider why that statement is being made, maybe we all can agree that something must be done to remove the need to talk (or shout) about black lives mattering.

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      Ebony 21 months ago from United States

      Well thank you Wrench Biscuit, you spoke what I felt but I was trying to be polite, thank you for clarifying everything

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      Ronnie wrenchBiscuit 21 months ago

      Ebony,

      First of all, I appreciate your article, and only hope you continue to speak out for the people. White America has created inequality and economic disparity through a system of white supremacy. But at the same time they expect us to identify as "African American" and "Native American". However, it is interesting that they rarely refer to themselves as European Americans. They simply call themselves American. They also expect us to glorify the evil past of America; to wave their flag and sing their patriotic songs. They admonish the black community to engage in "peaceful protest". But when has the white man ever engaged in peaceful protest? And when did the white man "legally" immigrate to this continent?

      They did not come across the water and ask the permission of my people to come to this continent. They did not peacefully seek to settle here or to build their settlements over there. No! They came raping, and murdering, and stealing all that they could; until there was nothing left to steal. This is the legacy of the white man in America. Today we see they continue their Imperialst aggression throughout the Middle East. The war in Syria that has raged since 2011 is a direct result of western influence. And of course, now we have a group of armed white men in Burns Oregon claiming to be "Patriots". They have taken over a federal building (an act of theft) and threatened to shoot federal agents if they try to remove them.( an act of terrorism and treason) We all know that if this were a group of Black Panthers or Black Muslims, they would all be dead, or at least behind bars by now. Not to mention the fact that Cliven Bundy, the father of one of the ring leaders, stood down federal agents last year in Nevada with armed resistance. No charges have been filed in almost a year since militia members on Bundy's Nevada ranch pointed loaded weapons at federal agents.

      Gregas, yor comment is actually humorous. You suggest that the phrase "Black Lives Matter" is racist, however, Columbus Day is celebrated every year in the United States, as well as other colonialist squatter nations. Columbus was a murderer and a thief. Columbus enslaved the Arawak; the Taino people. Columbus facilitated the raping of 9 year old native girls. This is a man who single handedly committed acts of genocide against my ancestors. Yet, I doubt that you have ever spoken out as strongly against Columbus as you have against Black Lives Matter. How many people have Black Lives matter enslaved? How many women have they raped? How many have they murdered, and how much land have they stolen?

      Black Lives Matter is a welcome response to an evil racist system. If racist white people have a problem with the "browning" of America, Black Lives Matter, The Mexica Movement, A.I.M., Idle No More, The Black Panthers, or the Black Muslims they should get on a boat and go back across the water. It would be a blessing to us all.

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      Ebony 21 months ago from United States

      I feel like that takes away from what they are trying to accomplish, which is why they don't add that part. Thats not what the movement is about, it's not the main focus.

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      Greg Schweizer 21 months ago from Corona, California.

      The problem is that when they are standing holding those signs and protesting, that makes the world feel like that is what they are saying, ONLY Black Lives Matter. Matter they need to make their signs read, "Black Lives Matter AS Much As Any Lives", or something to that effect. Greg

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      Ebony 21 months ago from United States

      I dont want to make it seem that only black lives matter Greg, I just wanted to try and explain why it is important to the protestors. I do respect your opinion though, everyones entitled to their opinions, thank you for commenting and sharing your opinion. Getitrite, I agree, a lot of the problems in the black community seems to be internal, again, I just wanted to clarify why it is important to the protestors. Thank you for commenting and sharing your view on this subject.

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      getitrite 21 months ago

      I think before we(as black people) start protesting and screaming at other people that "black lives matter" we ought to show evidence that black lives matter to us...and from what I have seen...black lives dont seem to matter to black people...very much...or at ALL!

      The problems with the black community are clearly internal, but it seems that those who are unwilling to accept this responsibility will always find someone else to blame.

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      Greg Schweizer 21 months ago from Corona, California.

      "Black Lives Matter" is a very prejudice statement. And they call whites prejudice. That's the way I see it and feel ALL LIVES matter the same. And I know I am not alone in these feelings. That's my opinion, Greg.