I went back and forth, “should I post this?” “should’t I?” etc. I know that a second after you read the headline you rolled your eyes at the fact that another white person is trying to jump on the bandwagon / prove that he isn’t racist, etc ,etc/. I know by writing this post, some people will not agree with it, and that’s okay. I’m not here to define the meaning of BLM, i’m not trying to force my personal opinion on to anyone. I simply feel it is about time I wrote about it from my perspective. Please give me a chance to thoroughly explain my thoughts, then you can sound off in the comment section if you please <3
When I was in school as the BLM movement started to gain traction, I found that many of my ‘white’ peers didn’t understand why Black lives mattered. I too at first, just like them didn’t get it. “Why do their lives matter more than ours?” the prominent question asked by most white people when this discussion is brought up. It took me up till the end of 2016 to fully understand why Black lives mattered (Of course by then I had researched). For those reading who don’t know what the movement is, according to BlackLivesMatter.com:
Black Lives Matter is an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise. It is an affirmation of Black folks’ contributions to this society, our humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression.
So to roughly get to my point: Black Lives Matter because other lives (pred White) are viewed/valued higher than Black lives. A Black Boy my age probably won’t get the same opportunities as me simply because of his skin tone.
When I go to a mall, I am not watched or followed. In some countries Black people are pulled over by police just because they’re black. … shot, tortured and often killed by the men and women who are supposed to be protecting them. They are pushed, shoved, abused and treated like animals, not what they are… human beings. “why don’t #AllLivesMatter?” Well Becky, simply put, all lives do matter, but when you’re not held at the same value as another person because of your color, when you practically fear for lives- that’s when you know the world is f*cked up. ‘POC’ deserve the same rights just as much as you do. But they don’t get those.
As A white person I know my struggles will not be the same as that of a Black Person, But I am Willing to learn about and support other cultures, cause that’s what we do, despite the whole capitalism thing ;)… As an active member of the LGBT community I know what it’s like when someone jumps on the bandwagon to swoop in and make it all about them (AKA Caitlyn Jenner), So this post is more for people who can’t grasp the concept that all 7 billion odd of us should be seen equally. And yes We are “all human” but black people. black people have to fight for basic rights in 2017…. 2017.
I may not live in North America, But as a human being with a soul, I cannot understand why any person who calls themselves a president of such a great nation, not denounce the
KKK / white supremacy. I mean if you think about it, it’s funny how everyone can call feminists such as myself feminazis and others grammar nazis YET, we call the real neo-nazis “alt-rights”. But then again the same “man” put regulations in place to ban Muslims entry in to U.S.A. So, if you ever wonder why the support of the “alt-right” has gained so much traction and support, it’s because their leader doesn’t care for anyone else than himself / the people who will vote for him. Which he has called Idiots.
The world is on the brink of a third world war. < let’s vote for that guy.
As white person I apologize on behalf of all white people for the current state of the world, as a white person I am here to grow and learn. Before one judges a person by their skin (book/cover) think about how that could affect future generations. Black lives matter. It’s 2017, we have freedom of speech, we have the power of choice. It’s up to US to make a difference.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.
martin luther king jr
Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved. Mattie Stepanek
This is the new pride flag for Philadelphia. At first I didn’t understand how sexes and race could blend. I even made a video about it. But then again, once one grows they begin to understand. We must have PRIDE in who we are. This is why I know accept this as MY pride flag.
In conclusion/summary: Black lives Matter because they don’t matter to so many people. Black Lives Matter.