First, my heart goes out to the officers, their families, and children for losing their lives in the line of duty. It is my sincere hope that our leaders will step up, address these pressing issues and prevent more lives from being lost.
I have been following the #BlackLivesMatter movement. I noticed how some Black people have issues understanding why #AllLivesMatter. So I did some homework and read a lot before I wrote this.
Let me be very frank here. #BlackLivesDontMatter. I will share what I learned to help the rest of those delusional Black folks who seem to not get that #AllLivesMatter is what this is about.
First, Black Americans need to understand that someone years ago did us a favor. The favor was to capture Blacks from the dangerous African jungle for our own safety. Notice that there are different stories about how we were captured and if you tell anyone that we were captured, they will tell you no.
We are instead told that the African tribes were at war with each other and the winners sold losers. Do you see how that becomes that focus of the conversation each time we try to discuss slavery? There is some truth in that.
Here is the logical fallacy. Back in the day, if Whites in Europe fought in a war with other Europeans and prisoners were captured, the prisoners of war became slaves. I think this is okay.
What is not okay is that if Africans traveled to Europe, brought those prisoners of wars, and secretly captured others to bring back to Africa to enslaved then to do their dirty biddings, other wars, then it could lead to RACISM later when Whites feel oppressed. If you are a Black person and you think this makes sense, I think you have gone and lost your mind.
Trying to make this argument sensible is an indication that you might have some serious mental health issues. Trying to make that argument is why #BlackLivesDontMatter but instead, #AllLivesMatter. Let’s continue with what I learned.
I also learned that #BlackLivesDontMatter from reading this article. If we look at the images in this article, we see spectators. Their lives matter is #ALLLivesMatter. The only way to say #BlackLivesMatter is when the spectators are Black.
Nevermind that. Let me share something else I read. This one is not to suggest that police lives don’t matter. It is to share what I read that I found fascinating and to make sure that those that are ranting #BlackLiveMatter understanding that they have it all backward.
This article among others clearly indicates that what is happening, the way African Americans are treated by the police today and #BlackLivesMatter makes no sense. If you read the article carefully, there is a lot of love towards Black slaves back in the day. Do you notice how most of the articles talked about the police was established to protect #BlackLivesMatter folks?
So #BlackLivesMatter folks, you see where you got it all wrong? There is a need for a divine intervention to help you #BlackLivesMatter folks. The law is on your side and the police are here to make sure that you are heard, taken care of, and are safe.
You see, there have been others before you who behaved the same way, asked for justice and fairness, and guess what? The police were there to make sure they were safe. I was amazed to read those articles because they helped me get the true meaning of #AllLivesMatter.
The people in those images and articles are NOT the reasons why #BlackLivesMatter today. That is in the past. We cannot hold today’s individuals and groups accountable and responsible for those things that happened in the past. Do you see why #AllLivesMatter?
A review of these historic images clearly shows that #AllLivesMatter because those being lynched and burned so not look like #BlackLivesMatter. The images show that #AllLivesMatter and you protesters should be ashamed of yourselves.
Trying to get those that have benefited from all of those images to see what you see is like trying to turn a dog into a cat! How could you even do that when you were not allowed to read and write? Perhaps the lack of access to education is why #BlackLiveMatter folks don’t get it.
Don’t worry #BlackLiveMatter folks, you have access to education now and this is why #AllLivesMatter. In addition to education, #BlackLivesMatter folks need to understand the abundance of your economic wealth. Please, stop whining about injustice and get to work and live the life you have been living since the beginning of slavery.
How could it be their fault when they were not there when it all happened? How is that possible when they #AllLivesMatter folks did not benefit from everything I have been reading about some of the reason why #BlackLivesMatter should be addressed first?
You see, the folks from the #AllLivesMatter camp have no idea how Black women slaves were raped. So in today’s rape culture, if you say #BlackWomensLivesMatter because of these hideous rape incidents, the #AllLivesMatter camp will cry foul and I can agree with them. It is your foul mouth to remind the #AllLivesMatter camp that these are possible reasons why you believe we should focus on #BlackLivesMatter first.
Unacceptable of you! How dare you #BlackLivesMatter folks compare the past with today? You see, rape culture today has nothing to do with the past. There is no foundation whatsoever and I appreciate you #BlackLiveMatter folks if you join the #AllLivesMatter camp so we can all benefit from police protection and reduce rape culture.
I don’t think it will be okay to continue this way, put each other in harms way because we want to maintain an old status quo – unearned privilege. I don’t believe that the #BlackLivesMatter camp should be called a terrorist group. That terrorist label pales comparison to the articles I have shared.
I have no intention of telling anyone that we need to kill each other to do what is right by us. Clearly, what is happening is affecting everyone. Everyone is nervous, even some police officer are nervous. To me, that is not the way to co-exist.
I have no intention of suggesting that we should retaliate against the police. Being an officer is dangerous and hard work and I respect the men and women in that profession. I have several close friends who are officers and I am worried about their lives, their families, and kids.
What I suggest is that we look at the impact of history to understand that #BlackLivesMatter is not some elite exclusive club that excludes #AllLivesMatter or the police. I have a reason to believe that the #BlackLivesMatter camp is trying to point out that some of these on-going mistreatments, injustice, and blatant display of the past in 2016 is shameful and must change.
I took a lot of time to research and read to try to understand. I am sure some people will disagree with my point of view. I think that’s okay. I hope we can look at this objectively, admit to some of our subtle discriminatory ways, and put an end to profiling Black Americans.
According to the constitution, “all men are created equal.” Even that document is fraught with skepticism and questions about if it included Black Americans and recently the LGBTQA. Are we all equal in today’s society?
Do we all have access to economic power? This is one area that #BlackLivesMatter wants to address and change. Have we been treated the same way within the legal system? This is another area that #BlackLivesMatter wants to address and change. Was the police established to treat Blacks in the same way as Whites? I think this is another area that #BlackLivesMatter wants to address in light of recent shootings.
I am not asking Whites to feel guilty. I am not asking for anything other than to face a truth about who we are, and how we got here. The information, historical, don’t lie. Ignoring our history may only lead us to repeat the same mistakes.
If we individually and collectively allow that to happen, then #AllLivesDontMatter.
It is time to begin healing and it has to start with addressing #BlackLivesMatter first, which doesn’t mean #AllLivesDontMatter.
Because embedded in the #BlackLivesMatter message is have open and honest conversations about rape culture, police brutality culture, White privilege, and a culture of fear of simply being a Black HUMAN BEING. I have a reason to believe that most of us know this to be a truth and I challenge all of us to step up and be a part of the solution.
Saying nothing is more dangerous as we saw in the images of those bystanders while Blacks were lynched and burned as we are shot on television.
Please, stop the killings.