I believe it’s human nature to gravitate towards people we identify with. It’s not always physical characteristics; it can be beliefs, political parties, tax brackets, age groups, and etc. This is what has prompted me to consider #NoLivesMatter closely. Some may hate the very thought of such a concept but the issues that we are seeing today present all the facts. Based on my observation, everyone wants to be acknowledged. There’s nothing wrong with wanting acknowledgement. It becomes problematic when one group (or person) cannot allow another group (or person) to “be great.” There is a growing controversy between #BlackLivesMatter and #AllLivesMatter. In the wake of cries for justice some believe that identifying the significance of black lives is an attempt to omit the importance of other lives. The very fact that lives matter has to be mentioned should raise concerns. Our society is self-centered. It seems that no life can matter without being interpreted as a threat towards another. The problem with “lives mattering” is the absence of balance and consideration for others. As long as humanity continues in self-centered perspectives and actions, no lives will ever matter with the exception of an individual’s own. We were prepackaged to love and be loved. Here’s my take:
-EACH AND EVERY PERSON MATTERS. When a person says “black lives matter” it does not mean that black lives are solely important. It expresses the sentiment that some of the injustices we’ve seen were or are racially biased. Additionally, while we communicate black lives matter, we as African Americans should ensure that we do not focus solely on “black lives” because social injustice is occurring across the board.
-There is a vicious cycle occurring. Citizens become afraid of Police. Police get on edge or “leery” of citizens. Citizens distrust the justice system. The system distrusts citizens. Does that justify the “trigger finger syndrome?” Absolutely not. But I believe that we should consider two things at minimum: (1) Not all cops are bad cops (2) when they hit the clock for their shifts they want to return home to their lives and families in one piece.
-We all have a role to play:
Parents have responsibilities to teach their children how to respond to particular situations. This statement does not mean that teaching has not taken place.
We have to know our rights. There’s no time for assumptions or DIY responses from social media.
We have to be consistent. What’s happening should not be dropped when the media drops it.
We have to be informed. Please understand that the media does its job well. Respond to facts. Let’s not get caught in race wars, hidden agendas, or fads.
Lastly, although I know people don’t want to read this word: pray. Pray for justice. Pray for wisdom in how to interact with others. Pray for government officials to act with wisdom and integrity. Pray for wisdom in how to promote and execute change. Is prayer all that we need? Heavens no! But prayer should be in the forefront of our responses as it should be anywhere else (He will direct our paths in all of our ways if we acknowledge him).
Everyone is not going to acknowledge, accept, or agree that the bloodshed is senseless and inhumane. That’s okay. Stay focused and play your part in bringing about change. Rise above division and fads. Make love and share it.