Yes, I’m black. There were a bunch of pictures I could have used for this blog post, but I’ve decided to use my own, because I want those of you reading to know exactly who is talking here, right away. One thing I don’t and will never do is shy away from the way I feel or hide who I am just because people may not agree.
I’m 36 years old. People have disagreed with me many times. Hiding my face won’t change any of that.
First off, I’m well-aware of what “Black Lives Matter” means. It’s said to be a “movement” against the mistreatment of blacks, especially when in police custody. I get all that. One thing about me is that I may not be the smartest man in the world, but I am very intelligent. I get that people are saying that black lives aren’t more important than others in saying that “black lives matter.” It’s just to show support to a particular group.
It’s the same way as if you did a 5K in support of breast cancer. That doesn’t mean you find other cancers to be of less importance just because you’re throwing such support to this one.
I completely get all that. In understanding all this, I still do not and will never support “Black Lives Matter.” Here’s why.
For one, because a lot of people are full of shit. Plain and simple. I usually don’t like to curse very often, but that’s about the best way I can describe it. But I’m not dancing around that. While some may very well be viewing this as a legitimate “movement,” this is nothing more than another tool for many, especially within the black community, to continue to segregate themselves from whites. You can talk to people or even read comments online to understand this. This is nothing new. Some use being black as a crutch and “Black Lives Matter” just helps and encourages them to continue doing so. That’s all there is to it.
Next, “black lives.” I got it; black lives aren’t more important than all the others. So why not the same when we as blacks kill each other? This happens at a MUCH HIGHER rate than when some white police officer does it. Yet, it’s barely mentioned when we kill each other. Aren’t they still “black lives”? I’ve never heard anyone mention that this movement was “only” when we’re killed by white police officers. I didn’t know that “black lives matter” had conditions.
I know, I know…in my beloved hometown and city of Baltimore, the police officers in the Freddie Gray case aren’t all black. Of course, that means those I spoke of above would then be able to say, “See? We don’t hate white police officers!”
I never said everyone falls into that category. Whenever I speak of this, that seems to be the message taken from it. It applies, yes. I’m not going to believe that it doesn’t and that there aren’t people out there who are strictly against white cops. Please. Hell, even some who were up in arms about this happening toned it down a bit once they realized that the police officers were not all white. That’s how much some of them are against white police officers.
Yes…I still remember some commenting to say that the black police officers were “tricked” in some way to take part in everything that the white officers were clearly the ring leaders of. In other words only the white cops were responsible. The black officers were there and did whatever against their will.
I couldn’t make up something that ridiculous if I tried. Then again, I’m a writer, so…I probably could. Never mind.
Anyway, how about “black lives” when we kill our own? I know, I know…”but Robert, we DO speak up and protest against black-on-black crime.” Sure you do…but not nearly as much as it happens in cases where the perpetrator(s) are white. I’m not saying that it doesn’t happen, because I’m sure it does. But there seems to be so much more anger toward this when white people are involved. That seems to bother some folks WAY more, and the reason is obvious.
Now let me be clear on something: I’m well-aware that there are bad apples out there who are racist against blacks. Of course they are. My focus is on the black community, but at the same time, that doesn’t mean I’m trying to imply that certain things aren’t happening because of race. It very much is. I don’t doubt that there are white police officers here and there who have problems with black people. I’m certainly not implying that there aren’t.
However, that’s only for those few. That does NOT apply to them all and if you think so or want to lump them all together based on the actions of a few, you’re wrong. Period.
Another reason I am not supporting “Black Lives Matter” is because the same people who support this cause would never support similar causes. Back to the breast cancer example…now I’m pretty certain that most people who would support breast cancer awareness would not necessarily avoid supporting the fight against leukemia, prostate cancer and so on. Of course, everyone may not be able to support every single cause and one may hit home a little more than another, but it wouldn’t necessarily “bother” you to address the others and their importance.
However, it’s not even close here. Sure, you can say “Black Lives Matter,” but how would you feel about people saying “White Lives Matter”? How about “Blue Lives Matter” (Police officers)? How about “All Lives Matter”?
A better question is, why should these bother you at all? If you can support yours, what’s the problem? You should be able to handle people saying “white lives matter,” because after all, they get killed also. Don’t talk to me about “white privilege.” The person is damn dead. Privileged or not, that life still matters.
Let’s take what’s recently happened. Without looking it up right now, I understand that multiple police officers have been killed by black people within the past two weeks or something to that effect; the most notable being Houston’s Deputy Darren Goforth being killed execution-style by a black man by the name of Shannon Miles and why? Because of his uniform.
Now that police officer did nothing wrong whatsoever to him. So how come there can’t be support for him and the other police officers who were killed just doing their jobs? Yes, you can say “Black Lives Matter” all you want, but when you turn around and say, “That doesn’t mean that black lives are the ONLY lives that matter!” yet you say next to NOTHING when an innocent police officer is killed (of course, who happens to be white), then don’t talk to me about black lives NOT mattering more than others, because you’ve already proven one thing…
That you’re full of shit.
Again, not everyone does this. I shouldn’t have to keep saying that. If the shoe fits…you know the rest. And most of the time, the guilty ones will eventually expose themselves anyway, so in that case, then yes…I’m talking to you.
Probably the biggest reason is this…because it still segregates. Our civil rights leaders have fought VERY hard to END segregation and for what? For us to go RIGHT BACK TO IT? It’s ironic that many of the same ones quoting great people like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., are also behaving in the exact OPPOSITE manner as Dr. King and others would have liked us to.
Even though it may not be everyone’s intention to segregate, all you have to do is put the shoe on the other foot. If you aren’t bothered by “White Lives Matter” for the same exact reason, or “Blue Lives Matter,” or even “All Lives Matter,” then I’m not talking about you.
However, saying any of those others bothers a lot of people, and if “Black Lives Matter” isn’t about attempting to put black lives above all others, then those other ones really should not bother you very much. You don’t have to verbally admit to being bothered, but again…your statements will dictate that for you.
I don’t expect many to agree with my stance here, but that’s the beautiful thing about this country. You don’t have to. But this is something I will never support.
I respect anyone who fights for any cause. I don’t have to like or agree with the cause. Within reason, of course, I have respect for those who stand up for what they believe in. However, these are some of my thoughts about some of those who are big supporters of this “movement.” And yes, I put that in quotes because that’s exactly what I feel about it. Again, I respect people who fight for whatever cause, but I’m also going to express what I feel about the cause and be completely honest about it.
ALL LIVES MATTER. Why is that so hard for some people to say? Especially when you are claiming that one life is not more valuable than another. How come there are so few people who agree wholeheartedly and/or support when ANY life is wrongly taken away?
The answer is clear and obvious. Those people who fall into that category, and you know who you are, are part of the problem. The bottom line is that I want no part of that. We will NEVER get away from this issue of racism in our country when we continue to do the very thing our civil rights leaders have fought so hard at bringing to an end.
When that happens, that makes it very clear who adds to the problem of racism in this country, and it damn sure isn’t white police officers.