As the protests against supremacist empowered police fierceness wanes globally, the energized cries of “Black Lives Matter” continue to reverberate through streets and digital avenues and people have now become more attuned to the news. While reviews remain consistent, thoughts are being given to ways of empowering the Black race in America on the matter of what should be done to enact change in attitude in response to crime issues, by a police force that is paid out of the pockets of the very people who are being ostracized and murdered.
It is critical to understand that “Black Lives Matter” is set against a background of systemic racism that sharply targets, for murder or incarceration, a people who are up to now living under the Dred Scott law of 1857 which deems them not US citizens and not fully human.
Even with the best intentions, on the surface, “All Lives Matter” cannot fully relate to the gravity of a cause such as this, which bears no likeness to the degree of impartiality and impunity meted out to Black people on a daily basis.
While bigotry is evident across cultures it’s a far cry from being considered less than human and “stock” that should be herded and fed into the capitalist prison system for life sentencing, even in instances where, the prejudicial punishment does not fit the crime. “All Lives Matter” diverts the consideration from Black lives, which, for all intents and purposes, appears to be the race/species that America would like to see become extinct.
It’s imperative to bear this in mind when one considers what drives the protests behind BLM and how to help in this cause.
“Black Lives Matter” is a movement, a dedicated devotion and a clear signal of truth desirous for change from that which continues to permeate the life experience and the very existence of human beings purely on the fact that they are of a different hue. While it is anything but a new development, it stands clearly as an aggrieved fight against the brutal, merciless, prejudice and endless murder of Blacks by the hands of the police, who are highly paid to keep us all safe.
In addition to George Floyd, whose vivid murder brought these atrocities to a head and spearheaded the global protests, Trayvon Martin, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade and Breonna Taylor, are just a few of the other victims of these vicious atrocities that Black individuals are confronted with far too frequently. Too many have gone unrecorded.
Factual data will show that these incidents have grown consistently since slavery but are only now being recorded and brought to light with the advent of technology.
Recent statistics show that due to racial profiling, African Americans are nearly 3 times as likely to die from the use of police force.
The “Black Lives Matter” protests were meant to bring these issues to light for urgent attention, re-evaluation and interpretation, not just of the acts themselves, but the Christian and moral principles, equal rights and justice, and for a more balanced distribution of wealth.
Since 2015, the 10 states with the highest level of Black residents have been greatly rewarded for more frequent policing of those neighborhoods and for detention of a greater number of citizen.
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Why “All Lives Matter” is missing the Essence of BLM
While the goal of the expression “All Lives Matter” seeks to balance the polarity and show some equivalence to similar treatment worldwide, it reduces the emphasis of the brutality and segregation Black people face each day in this nation.
America’s social fabric needs to be rewoven to make allowances for people of all color, creed, nationality, sexual preference and religious orientation, who, beguiled by the words of The Star Spangled Banner, “The land of the Free and The Home of the Brave” came willingly and courageously, to contribute to the building of this nation, self and family and to live as upright citizens with equal rights and opportunity.
“Black Lives Matter” is a different kind of reality which seeks to reaffirm and implement this ideology. So though we all graciously embrace this empathy and support, the fact remains that Black people are the ones facing peril. “Black Lives Matter” isn’t saying that we are not equal, it is simply stating that we are 100% human, with the same flesh, blood and needs, and that we insist upon being treated with a greater measure of equality, respect and recognition in a civilized society instead of the meager margin relegated to obscure contemporary slavery.
For the most part, American Blacks continue to live and abide by America’s motto, In God We Trust.
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