Black lives matter vs. All Lives Matter?
Let's discuss this topic of what is it about the #ALLLIVESMATTER vs #BlackLivesMatter... Honestly is there a difference as to who's life matters? Why is it that we just distinguish one race and say that there lives matter...of course it does but why can't we just come to terms and say that every single person's life matters no matter who they are..
I agree with you. All Lives Matter.
But that doesn't address the numerous times in the last few years that black teens have been shot and killed by police for very petty crimes, or even for having a tail light out, or reaching in their glove compartments for their licence and registration. If a cop feels "in fear of his life" in any of those situations, there needs to be a new battery of psychological testing done before he or she is allowed to be part of a police force.
And we have to stop saying, "We need to have a conversation about race in this country." We don't need conversation, we have to get rid of racist cops and come together as communities and learn to understand we are all the same, that color doesn't matter.. Until that happens, it will continue to be divisive. I don't have much hope, the Civil Rights Act was passed in 1965 and was supposed to change the relationships between black and white people. It takes about 100 years for Americans to embrace change, and often only when forced to.
Of course all lives matter. The problem is that All Lives Matter has become a direct response to Black Lives Matter which in turn kind of cheapens the movement.
It's sort of like going to a fundraiser for cancer with survivors and people who have lost loved ones to cancer and saying "God I hate cancer, it's so unfair. Heart disease and diabetes are unfair too, though. Let's not forget!" Focusing on one disease doesn't negate the importance of all the others but hijacking a movement to point it out kind of negates the importance of that particular movement.
BLM isn't trying to say that black lives are MORE important than anyone else's. It was started because they doubted that their lives were valued AS MUCH as anyone else's.
The theory behind All Lives Matter is fine. It's great. We all have equal value regardless of our race. But when you view it as a response to BLM and in the current social context, it's not appropriate.
To me, the biggest problem with movements such as Black Lives Matter is that, instead of fighting racism, it ends up stimulating it.
I don't have the actual statistics, but I would guess that a cop killing a man because of his race is not a very common event. One thing that I have recently read is that black men were killed 40 times more by other black men than by police officers. Considering these facts, it is natural to appear a response as All Lives Matter.
One day I was watching a Morgan Freeman interview. He was asked about how to get rid of racism. His answer was simply: "stop talking about it". That is what I believe in. No one is born a racist. If nobody talks about it, maybe it will stop in the next generation.
I saw a similar explanation posted elsewhere, and it made sense to me:
I walk into a family dinner, where everyone is already eating. I can't reach any of the serving platters, so I say "I'd like some food". My family members turn to me and say, "we'd all like some food", and continue eating. While both "I'd like some food" and "we'd all like some food" are both true, I still don't have any food, and the second statement ignores that, doing nothing to rectify the fact that I have no food.
Yes, all lives matter, but when I see #BlackLivesMatter, I read "black lives don't seem to matter", not "black lives are the ONLY lives that matter". Saying "all lives matter" doesn't solve the fact that the folks saying "black lives matter" feel that in our society, their lives don't seem to matter as much as everyone else's.
Instead of making their pain all about you, by correcting #BlackLivesMatter to #AllLivesMatter, how 'bout acknowledging their statement? Black lives DO matter, and it's not right that anyone feels as if they don't. What can we do to move everyone towards the feeling that all lives matter equally? Because right now, all lives may matter, but some of them appear to matter a little less than others.
I tried posting a video link but it didn't work. Will try to find it on youtube but the video was a good one
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