“Bob is sitting at the dinner table. Everyone else gets a plate of food except Bob. Bob says “Bob Deserve Food”. Everyone at the table responds with “Everyone Deserves Food” and continues eating. Although Everyone Deserves Food is a true statement, it does nothing to rectify the fact that BOB HAS NO FOOD!” – Unknown *Black Lives Matter vs All Lives Matter*
This is my favorite explanation or reasoning behind the difference between Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter. The second you saw the title you probably tensed up or became offended, I thought twice about the name as well, but I figure if I’m going to explain what this movement is all about, why not have it on the front line for all to see. I’ve heard people call this movement all sorts of things, one of it being a Terrorist group – *insert annoyed face*. Black Lives Matter was created when African Americans realized that enough was enough and it’s about time we were treated as equals. This organized group consists of people from all backgrounds, race, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion etc They came together not to fight and war with those outside of this movement but to help shed some light on what we go through as Minorities in this country. They’re not about killing cops, burning buildings and vehicles or looting – they’re about uniting as one. They walk together peacefully to show this but the media gets involved, they pick that one person who decides to act a fool and be destructive and then the entire movement gets a bad rep. The same with cops, not all cops are bad, but they’re labeled that way at times by some people because of those few bad seeds among them. You can have people join groups but they don’t follow the standard of the group, that doesn’t mean they define the group/it’s purpose. During the days of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcom X, Rosa Parks and many others, these amazing people stood against the status quo – they too said enough was enough. They fought for freedom to vote, to not be killed by cops that were racist, to live lives just like their fellow whites and they too were seen as troublemakers, as the biggest threat to America. They were locked up for protesting and seen as enemies because they wouldn’t conform to society’s way of living as a black person, now they’re gone they’re seen as heroes. Martin Luther King Jr. even has a day completely dedicated to him, yet he too marched, he stood up to the police killings of his brothers and sisters – did he imagine or lie about all that took place, was he just playing a race card and being problematic? Was HE a thug for fighting for what’s right and marching in the streets? He was probably seen that way, along with others who fought with him but now that he’s gone he isn’t. Now the troublemakers are those “thugs” in Black Lives Matter, those who seem to think their lives are more important than cops and other races. Be happy and proud that you don’t need a movement such as this one, be happy and hold onto the fact that you don’t have to fight to stay alive. No one said cops aren’t important, we need them, we just want our lives to be valued the same way a cop’s life is and the same way a white person’s life is. Or are they above us because of the color of our skin/ because a guy for some dumb reason chooses to wear his pants below his waist. Is a killer known by the way they dress? If you’re a ninja maybe. Is it reason enough to be afraid because of the way someone’s dressed or the color of their sin? Black Lives Matter is all for equality, don’t let the media tell you otherwise or those silly people who claim to be a part of it only to go about their own business. We want a world where we’re truly equal, God created us as equals but we don’t treat each other as such. If you believe in God and say you’re a Christian but think negatively about this movement and the importance of equality amongst all race, please pray and ask God to open your heart, eyes and ears about all this – don’t just rely on the media, they have an agenda and it’s not to serve us. If you don’t believe and you’re not a Christian – think of creative ways to step in the shoes of a black person, go shopping with them and pay attention to the store clerk or some attendee or just sit and talk with them about their experiences without any expectations. Racism isn’t as evident as it was before, it’s real subtle at times and you won’t be able to notice it until you truly open your eyes and shut away the biased way of thinking.
I HAVE A DREAM!
“And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream. I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’ I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood. I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today! I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” — one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today! I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; ‘and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.’ This is our hope, and this is the faith that I go back to the South with. With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day. And this will be the day — this will be the day when all of God’s children will be able to sing with new meaning: My country ’tis of thee, sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of the Pilgrim’s pride, From every mountainside, let freedom ring! And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true. And so let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire. Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania. Let freedom ring from the snow-capped Rockies of Colorado. Let freedom ring from the curvaceous slopes of California. But not only that: Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia. Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee. Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi. From every mountainside, let freedom ring. And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!” – Martin Luther King Jr.
Ps. Love your neighbor as yourself ❤️✌🏾️