#BlackLivesMatter

I really want to talk about this topic. See, I’ve seen a lot of folks calling out this movement based on recent violence against Police Officers which has made the news. There has been a petition sent to the White House calling for the movement to be labeled as a domestic terrorist group. Then these same people choose to turn around and blame #BLM for this violence.

Not that any of this is surprising. It is just another example of White Privilege. See, what happens the minute a White person strolls into…well, these days it seems like anywhere, and starts killing people? They are labeled as mentally unstable. They are called loners. That person becomes the odd man out.

Other races, other religions, other people in general in the US? They do not get that benefit. See, these sort of posts seem to decide that the movement, which has been adamant about not being violent but merely disruptive for the sake of invoking change, is responsible for this violence. But guess what, these violent individuals are not part of the movement. They are affected by the same systemic issues which the movement is fighting, true, but they are not the movement. If you want to lump them in with the BLM, you, White America, need to get off your high horse then and take responsibility for all the White fools out there killing people. Apparently that is your expectation of BLM, to be in complete and total control of all Black people and make sure their protests are peaceful and do not disrupt your life in any way.

Because, you know, that is the whole point of a protest after all. To be entirely forgettable, unemotional, and lack any presences by which to provoke change.

But hey, let’s lay the blame for all of our inability to protect our nation upon the feet of the people actually fighting for beneficial change. Let’s blame the group when I doubt you have even visited the site from the creators of the movement.

See, the BLM movement is the one who shows up when discussing social justice as it relates to Police brutality. This is often regardless of the race of the victims, even though they are referred to as #BlackLivesMatter. It isn’t the All Lives Matter people who show up in these instances. I wonder why that is?

Perhaps because this movement seeks to change the world for the better. Perhaps because they are fighting something in a real way. Perhaps because it is your own blind hatred and fear which allow you to read #BlackLivesMatter and somehow decide the person is referring to only black lives.

There is a meme which floats around social media from time to time saying that “When you are accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression.”

White America, welcome to the movement. It can’t be said louder or more often. Others have done that. Others have made their stances known. #BLM has been called out. Heck, I was accused of supporting the death of officers for being a liberal and supporting #BLM. Anyone who has ever discussed anything related to violence with me knows how I feel about violence. Don’t dare to suggest I support violence.

But keep in mind, if I do not call out the system that is in place which incited the violence, I am no better than the people doing the violence or the people actually causing the violence. That is very similar to how MLK approached violent protests. Read his letters from Birmingham Jail.

So come on.

Do better.

You lack of willingness to be honest is literally killing people.

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About rigsurfer

A Brother of Delta Upsilon International Fraternity, Inc., Joined in Fall 2010. Completed a B.A. in English at North Carolina State University in 2013 and received a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration at Texas Tech University in 2015. Passionate about Leadership and Diversity as well as Ducks, Scooby Doo, and reading.
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