Worth repeating with all the craziness going on…from September 2015 #FlashbackFriday
I applaud the Black Lives Matter campaign. I really do.
If there were a Latino Lives Matter, Oriental Lives Matter, Native American Lives Matter, White Lives Matter, etc., etc., I would also applaud them. I would applaud a campaign of Muslim Lives Matter, Jewish Lives Matter, Atheist Lives Matter, Christian Lives Matter, and any and all other religious/non-religious groups. I would applaud Italian Lives Matter, German Lives Matter, British Lives Matter, Canadian Lives Matter, American Lives Matter, and any and all other nations I did not list. I would applaud Gay Lives Matter, Lesbian Lives Matter, Transgender Lives Matter, Asexual Lives Matter, Pan-sexual Lives Matter and whatever the hell else sexuality groups.
You know why I would applaud any and all of these campaigns, if they did exist? Because the reason behind any of them are human lives and the beliefs they have.
As humans we really do have so much in common: we all are born, we all die, we all sleep, eat, defecate, we all are given the ability to pro-create. We all have the ability to kill, whether we are a civilian or a cop. So why do we have such a problem relating to one another and getting along? Men have a problem relating to women and vice-versa; whites have a problem relating to blacks and vice-versa. Christians have a problem relating to Muslims and vice-versa. Shiites have a problem relating to Sunnis and vice-versa (and those two groups of people are all considered Muslims! Go figure!). Cops have a problem relating to either armed or unarmed men of color and vice-versa. People, look beyond the sex, the color, the religion, the nationality, the culture, the position in life. Once we begin doing that, the world will become a better place.
Today on Twitter the hashtag #IBelieveBlackLivesMatter was trending. I tweeted “Yes, #IBelieveBlackLivesMatter BUT I also believe #ALLLivesMatter #humans we have so much in common as humans why can’t we relate?”
Now everyone has their opinion and they are entitled to it. But giving me the response of “You benefit 24-7 from while millions of blacks endure institutionalized racism. “ confuses me. Where in my tweet did I say anything about being a “privileged white” or that blacks must “endure institutionalized racism”? I didn’t say any of that! Then someone else piped in and called me “ignorant” but really, any dumb ass can clearly see the ignorance is in the response I received to my Tweet. I responded to this Tweet with another Tweet that read: “so what u r saying is that ALL lives dont matter then, right? Only black lives? Because THAT is what I said..it INCLUDES “. I guess for this particular person I wasn’t being specific enough. Or maybe they think the only lives that matter are black lives? Is that what it’s all about? The hell with everyone else? What about black cops? So what is next? Only Black Lives Matter? Who would be playing the racist card then?
Well, everyone can think what they want. Unfortunately there will always be someone out there who thinks their skin color is better than their neighbor’s, their religion is superior to any other, their country is the most powerful, their cat is smarter than your dog, their dick is bigger and better than any other guy’s on the block or their tits are the most spectacular in the world.
As for me, I’ll just keep on believing what I and I’m sure some others in the world believe: ALL LIVES MATTER.