Thursday, August 13, 2015

Black Lives Matter

"Black Lives Matter" just means that black lives matter. That's all. It doesn't mean that other lives don't matter. Or that other people matter less. It also doesn't mean that black people are more morally superior than other people. Black Lives Matter provides the much needed reminder that black lives matter, too. African Americans are killed at disproportionately higher rates by police and violence. Plus the images of African Americans portrayed throughout society are overly negatively. At the same time, European American are portrayed more positively. TV shows, movies, music, magazines, comic books, etc. already reinforce the idea that White Lives Matter. Racial injustice within many systems such as schools, churches, companies, police, etc. also reinforces the idea that White Lives Matter. We don't need the reminder that White Lives Matter. White privilege is built into our society as a whole - even when individual exceptions are taken into account. So our society needs the reminder that Black Lives Matter. While it's true that All Lives Matter, it's also true that African Americans face discrimination and injustice that desperately need to be addressed. Until the unique challenges that harm the African American community are addressed, then the Black Lives Matter movement will continue to be needed as a reminder that black lives (and dignity) really do matter. It's not just semantics. It's about systems (and minds) that need to be changed for the betterment of the future. And that future will, in fact, be better for all lives.

Here's some steps for action:

(1) Pray.
(2) Talk with friends, family, colleagues, and neighbors.
(3) Put up a sign.
(4) Learn more and join the movement.  
(5) Bring the movement into prayers and worship services.

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