Black Lives Matter
Before I go into today’s post, I pray that you hear my heart. I would be remiss if I didn’t talk about the most recent tragic events in our history. This post may make many of you feel uncomfortable and that is the purpose of it. In order for us to grow, we must experience some discomfort. My community has been feeling uncomfortable for quite some time now, so you won’t be alone in your feelings. I simply have a question to ask. Do you think that black lives matter?
Does This Statement Bother You?
If it does, ask yourself why. You may say to yourself or within a group of like peers, “Why do black people have to always point out their color and why they matter? Don’t all lives matter?” To answer that question, yes, all lives do matter, yet somehow black lives are considered less humane.
Whenever you hear the phrase, Black Lives Matter, it is not said to offend those who are not black. It is, however, meant to draw attention to the injustices that black people as a race, face each day. I want to assure you that we don’t consider ourselves better than any other race. We just want to be considered with the same respect and privilege as the white race.
The most recent events that have and are currently taking place this week, once again proves that black lives don’t matter at all to many. Even those who have sworn to protect us. This picture proves how the black race is treated versus the white race. This visual alone explains why the Black Lives Matter movement exists. Unfortunately, the two black men in the bottom pictures were killed because of their alleged crimes. Yet the two white men, who were convicted of their crimes, live to see another day.
I’ve seen and heard comments from some white people that say, “Well if they would obey the law, this wouldn’t happen”. The fact of the matter is, it doesn’t matter if someone obeyed or allegedly disobeyed the law. Blacks and people of color are treated differently by the police.
Based on the question asked in the video clip above, would you stand up? If the answer is no, this further proves that black lives overall, don’t matter to our society. This has to change.
What Will It Take For Our Voices to Be Heard?
Though I do not agree with rioting of any kind, what we are seeing in Minneapolis and all over the country is simply a symptom of a disease called racism. Just as we have been warned of the symptoms that come from COVID-19, the social unrest we are seeing is just that. Unfortunately, sometimes when people go so long without feeling heard or seen, their frustrations can erupt in negative ways. It doesn’t make it right, but it’s understandable.
Although Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. did not condone riotous acts, he understood what caused them.
Don’t Just Love Our Culture, Love Our People
Sure, you love our dances, sing/rap along to our songs, and repeat the jargon we affectionately use, but what do you see outside of that? Do you only see us as entertainment when we excel in sports or come up with catchy beats to dance to on TikTok? Can you see beyond the unique way we wear our hair or how we style our clothes? I know you see and love our culture, but do you love us?
“Well I have black friends” you might say. That’s great, but what kind of friend are you to them during this time? If you are silent, not speaking out against the current unrest of our nation because of police brutality, respectfully I ask, are they really your friend? Have you expressed empathy and allowed yourself to feel some of the frustration, hurt, and pain of another?
Just this week alone, there have been videos of white men and women discriminating against black men because they thought they didn’t belong in the same environment. Unfortunately, many feel that blacks don’t belong in certain places.
We are looked at strangely if we drive luxury cars, live in affluent neighborhoods, or even work out in a private gym. It has been so bad that we can’t go for a run, go bird watching in the park or even mind our own business inside of our own home.
The sad part about it is that this happens more often than we know, these are just the incidents that were recorded and received attention from the media. Somehow our presence puts fear in the minds of people who don’t look like us and this my friends must change. If you are guilty of these feelings, ask God to come into your heart and purify it. David prayed:
Just as all police are not corrupt, all white people are not racist, and all blacks are not thugs and up to no good. We all live in a fallen, imperfect world but we have to learn to exist as a human race. No matter what race you are, if you have this one side view, ask God to give you a new perspective.
So What Can You Do To Help?
Say something, anything to show that you are against racism. When you hear your peers pass judgment on people based on the color of their skin, be brave enough to speak against it. If you have a platform, use it. Whether it’s social media, a blog, business, ministry, etc., make a statement that you do not stand for racism. Silence only comes across as agreeing with the injustice.
You may say that you are silent because you fear being judged for your comments or don’t know what to say. Don’t allow fear to keep you quiet on the situation. Right is right and wrong is wrong, period.
Racism Is An Emotional Topic
- It’s no secret that this is an emotional topic for every race, especially the black race. It doesn’t matter whether or not we’ve personally experienced a direct form of racism, we feel as a whole race, not person by person. However, if you are genuinely willing to show support to the cause, please be mindful of the following:
- Don’t belittle the Black Lives Matter movement by saying “All Lives Matter”.
- That comes across as an insult to our intelligence and race. Everyone knows this, but people of color are constantly discriminated against.
- Don’t deny the fact that whites have a privilege other races do not.
- By privilege, it’s not to say that blacks don’t have the same opportunities because we do. However, due to systemic racism, these opportunities aren’t necessarily given to us without having to fight harder for them.
- Comparing your struggles to that of the black race is incomparable.
- Have you had to talk to the males in your family about what to do if ever approached by the police? I’m not referring to telling them to “respect the officer and everything will be fine”, but having to break down step by step what to do, how to talk, when to move, how to move, the look on your face, and so on.
- Though you may empathize, you can’t claim to know what it feels like.
- This is just one of those things you can’t say you understand unless you are black.
- Embrace being uncomfortable
- We can’t grow unless we’re willing to be uncomfortable. Though we all have differences, we have so much more in common.
- Just say that you’re sorry about what we have to endure as a race.
- This simple statement goes further than you realize.
Black Lives Matter
Honestly, I don’t know what you may see when you see a black man or woman or any person of color. I just hope that you see what we see. Don’t just look at our complexion and jump to conclusions. Our skin color does not represent danger and mischief.
When I see us, I see a strong race; fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, grandparents, aunts and uncles. I see every occupation under the sun, people who laugh, cry, hurt, bleed, and love. I see human beings, and more importantly, children of God. At the end of the day, isn’t that the least we can do for each other? Acknowledge the humanity in one another and the Creator of us all.
In Relentless Pursuit,
Thank you to all of our non-black brothers and sisters that are in this fight with us. We see, hear, and appreciate you.
Disclosure: This post by no means promotes violence or discrimination of any kind. This also does not depict the views of every non-black person. The purpose is to encourage unity by having an open mind to races of all kinds.
Let's respectfully discuss in the comments your feelings regarding the topic and how racism has affected you or how you have been enlightened?