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My Understanding of "Black Lives Matter"

Updated on June 8, 2020
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I've studied psychology, criminal justice, addiction therapy, and journalism. I use my voice to help those who are not heard.

Correcting my Mistake

A few years ago, I wrote an article explaining how the Back Lives Matter "slogan" does more harm than good. I explained how the saying is seen as exclusionary, and it pushed people further away. At the time, I backed the "All Lives Matter" movement, but during recent events; I've come to understand what Black Lives Matter truly means.



Why the Change?

I'm sure everyone knows what is currently going on. Right now, 2020 seems like a waking nightmare. Instead of discussing all the wrongs in the world, I'm going to only discuss Black Lives Matter, and why I've changed my viewpoint.

I, like many, am heartbroken at what is happening right now. A man was murdered in the streets by cops, leading people to riot and protest out of heartache and anger. While I don't agree with rioting, I understand. What bothers me is the violence. I've seen videos showing extreme measures by police officers against peaceful protestors, some of which are smiling while harming innocent people. This doesn't sit well with me.

As I was watching these events unfold, my heart broke and I understood the anger. I understood the meaning of Black Lives Matter. They aren't trying to exclude anyone, it's not racist to say that you matter. They are tired of being oppressed, and treated as less than. They are a group of individuals that need help now!

There is a meme going around saying, "When people say the rainforest needs saving, do you say all forests need saving?". Of course you don't, we typically agree that the rainforest needs help. Why can't we do the same for the Black Lives Matter movement? We have no problem putting "dolphin free" on our tuna cans, but we can't stop and listen to a group of people that need to be heard.

We all face oppression at least once in our lifetime, but some groups face it daily. You can push a person into a corner for so long before they come out swinging. This is exactly what is happening now. They are tired, angry, and want to be heard. Wouldn't you want the same thing if you were in this situation?

Possible Fix

I shouldn't need to say this, but of course all lives matter. In order to get the point of "Black Lives Matter" across, while keeping people calm. Perhaps adding a " too" to the end would make others understand that all they are trying to say is, "Black Lives Matter, too". They are here, and want to be heard; just like you.

I suppose with all the hate in the world, there will never be a fix. Cops will continue to do what they do, racists do what they do, and hate will never die. It's really sad, we were given a beautiful gift, and we've destroyed all the beauty it holds.

© 2020 Michelle Battle

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    • MickeyBattle profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Battle 

      13 months ago from Kingsley, MI

      Jman, thank you for reading my article. I respect your opinion. Have a great day. ✌

    • jman00001 profile image

      Jman 

      13 months ago from Texas

      Well written article!

      However, other "perspectives " exist and were shared with by by friends which include Hispanic and two of African american heritage not that it should matter. The notes Below are their comments. They will not share such directly do to fear of retaliation from media, govt and BLM retaliation.

      1. Socially Condoned Terrorism:

      - BLACK lives OBVIOUSLY MATTER.. If a white man or women was killed by police in the EXACT SAME MANNER as Mr Floyd, DOES ANYONE Believe for a moment than nationwide, city by city violent protests and defunding the police campaigns would erupt?? .. (Answer is NO. whites and women do not have socially sanctioned terrorist organizations supporting them)

      - Cover Up of FACTs: Mr Floyd's past criminal record was covered up and purposely not reported. Black Lives Matter yes as do All lives. However deifying and honoring a man with a long track record of violent crime, assault, theft , drug sale, and passing counterfeit money ONLY because he is Black and was murderously assaulted by 4 criminalized police officers is ridiculous and RACIST.

      - Manufactured Event: BLM and Mr Floyd tee shirt and movement were in place too quickly to be "legitimate". Folks it is 2020. How oppressed are Oprah, Wesley Snipes, most of the highly paid basketball and football players and millions of other successful blacks. Some of us watched "Roots" and realize the horrors of past slavery and anti black racism were real and terrible... long ago. Now a days however sex trafficking and drugs are FAR WORSE of an issue.

      2. Distraction & depressurization

      - Why is this huge , well funded , well organized, media darling , " false flag" racist/ terrorist movement called BLM still ongoing?

      - - Answer: distract and exhaust protest energy of the public.

      Real issue is COVID 19. Its true source and who is actually responsible for the multi trillion dollar pandemic... and the reminder that NO CURE or vaccine exists yet.. in spite of stock market and oil price recovery.

      Notice how the media can now avoid reporting on COVID related issue and the thousands of failed businesses and damaged families hurt by COVID... all the while the govt has been raising property taxes in 2020 in most areas..

      The public manipulation by media and government on the terrible and unfortunate death of Mr Floyd ( that had convenient timing for our government ) certainly "Trumps" ACA and other past government misdirects...

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