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?

 

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.

 

Here are a couple of articles, from this week alone, where blacks were discriminated against just because of their skin color.

 

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:

 

create in me a clean heart

 

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:
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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

BLM Movement

 

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,

Brandi Michelle

 

 

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?

34 Comments

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    savoringeachmoment6cd0664a71

    I have struggled with what to say and how to process. I appreciate your post and your insights. I have many friends who are black and I know that they have struggled in this situation as they have in past situations and daily life as well. It is so easy to judge a group of people based on our fears, lack of understanding, or assumptions. I hope and pray that through this, we can work together more to love like Jesus – no matter our heritage, no matter our color, no matter what!

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      Brandi Michelle

      Yes, we all have to work together to overcome this issue. God created the human race and it’s our job to uphold His commandment to love others as we love ourselves. I appreciate you sharing.

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    Kayla Clyde

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write this <3 It is powerful, heartbreaking and eyeopening to read. Thank you also for giving some suggestions about what I, as a white person, can do to support black people in our society <3

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    Rachel Mayew

    I am sorry for what you endure as a race. I am glad you wrote this post. Your heart is clear! I attended my first Black Lives Matter March in my small town earlier this evening. Parts were challenging but it was beautiful and unifying due to the sincerity with which everyone spoke. I do believe black lives matter and as a Jesus follower, even just as a human, I have a responsibility to act justly, to share in others burdens and lift others up. Whatever that takes, it must be done. I can never understand what black Americans face and endure, but I don’t want that to keep me at a distance or make me complacent. Thanks for opening up this honest conversation. You’re doing good work here and on your social feeds! Love listening to you and learning from you.

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      Brandi Michelle

      Rachel, thank you for all of your support! I totally understand how the march could have been challenging, but that is how we grow. We all have a part to play in this and I’m glad to hear that you are making the choice not to be complacent. Thank you for sharing your experience.👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

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    Jessie Q. Synan

    “This post may make many of you feel uncomfortable and that is the purpose of it.”

    Yes, yes, 1000x yes! If we don’t ever get out of our comfort zone, are we ever truly Christian? Jesus call us to love one another, yes, but there is no way we can love without growing and learning. And if we are not black, that means there is always room for us to learn and grow.

    No matter how much I want to empathize, I will NEVER understand what it is like to be black in America. I love every single point you addressed and will be sharing it as much as I can everywhere I can. <3

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      Brandi Michelle

      Jessie, knowing that you heard not only my heart but the heart of my community is wonderful. Yes, please share with others. This is how we start changing our perspective, communicating for understanding. Thank you so much and blessings to you! 💞🙏🏽

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    Summer

    I have been guilty of posting “All lives matter” on social media in recent years, without realizing that it belittles the heart cry of the black community. So sorry about that! Your passionate, yet loving approach in addressing non-blacks really touched a chord in my heart. I’ve never had an ounce of racism in my heart (that I know of) but I do admit that I haven’t been nearly as vocal about fighting against it as I should be. That stops now. Love you, Brandi!

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      Brandi Michelle

      Summer, thank you for being open to sharing your thoughts. It makes my heart smile to know that you received just what I was trying to convey. We all have work to do and what matters most is what you do from here forward. When we know better, it’s our obligation to do better. In the end, God gets all the glory. Blessings to you!💞

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    Donna Miller

    Girl, this post doesn’t make me uncomfortable at all! I posted on my facebook page about this injustice. Love you my beautiful sister in Christ! ❤

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    Lady Mel

    Ms. Brandi, I’m grateful for the way God has led you to explore this topic by addressing the majority. Your work is not in vain and I’m prayerful it will fall on fertile ground! Peace and Love.

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    Michelle Ling

    Such a powerful read! So good! I’m an Asian living in a predominantly white country – and the side comments and remarks that are given from time to time are often second nature to me and pushed to the side. And although what I have gone through is nothing compared to the atrocities of what others have gone through, I do believe that it shouldn’t be second nature and that we are called to make a difference. All of God’s people are treasured and loved! None higher than the other ☺️

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      Brandi Michelle

      Absolutely Michelle. It’s sad but true. Just because certain actions and remarks become second nature, doesn’t make it right. Having more conversations about these issues are definitely necessary. Thank you for sharing.💞

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        Boma

        May God bless this world with the healing it so desperately needs now. And may the world fear and believe God. This is the only hope for humankind. Thanks for sharing. Many blessings to you!

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    Teresa

    Brandi, this is a powerful, clarifying post on Black Lives Matter. I’m going to share to my personal feed. I agree with all that you wrote, but you did it with such clarity that it will help me better express my thoughts and emotions when I’m speaking to others.

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      Brandi Michelle

      Glory to God Teresa! That was my intent; to bring clarity to anyone who didn’t quite understand how to approach the situation. Thank you for taking to time to read for understanding. 💞

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        AprilNelson25

        Brandi, this is powerful!! I’ll be the first to admit that until the last 5 yrs, I didn’t get a lot about racism. I didn’t know I had a “white privilege” but I’m so glad that I’ve been able to be in a healthy environment through my church that has an open dialect for issues that happen around the world. My pastor didn’t do “business as usual” worship service yesterday, he had 2 black men on either side of him and they had an open conversation to share what we need to hear more of and which includes “black lives do matter” and we need to stand with our brothers and sisters and stand up for what is right. The biblical perspective is love God, love others and if we truly do this with our whole heart, we will change in our own heart which will allow for more opportunities to make a difference. I am asking God’s guidance in how He wants me to make a difference through my blog. I don’t normally talk about what’s going on in the world, as my focus is typically about getting to know God more but I WANT God to open my thoughts to pour out in writing. Thank you so much for such an open and full of heart, post! PS sorry such a long comment 😁

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          Brandi Michelle

          April, I so appreciate you commenting😁! It is so refreshing to know that it was received with an open mind. I agree whole heartedly that we must be prayerful in how we respond to such issues. I definitely had to clear my thoughts and go to God before writing this post. That is awesome that your pastor stepped out of the box to bring this to light to the congregation. At the end of the day, like you said, we are to love God. When we genuinely do that, we will automatically love people. I know that God will direct you on how to share your thoughts! 💞🙏🏽

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            Collene

            Wow. Thank you so much for sharing this. I love that you share ways that we can help because so often as white people we don’t know what to do. We can’t understand what you are going through because we haven’t experienced it. But we can love you and stand with you! Thank you for encouraging me to do more to help! 😊

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              Brandi Michelle

              Collene, I’m grateful that you received some encouragement after reading this post. That is why it is so important that we all communicate more to get an understanding of our different perspectives. Thank you for commenting. 💞

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            Favoureddaughters

            This is great post, it covers the whole truth. Thanks for sharing your heart! (Black Lives Matters). I hope our world will be a better place and that God will open the heart of men to genuinely love irrespective of our skin colour. These happenings are sad and disheartening.

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              Brandi Michelle

              I too hope that we all will come out better after all of this unrest begins to settle down. Unfortunately, this will be a long battle but thankful, it’s one that God can handle. Thanks for reading!

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