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Black Lives Don't Matter

Updated on August 15, 2017

Why Don't Black Lives Matter?

If black lives truly mattered, there would be no reason for the phrase to be plastered upon shirts with the intent of changing the mindset of many. If black lives mattered, I would not be consumed by fear whenever my eight-year-old brother walks the streets with his jeans below his belt. If black lives mattered, there would be no purpose of shouting it to the officers who are there to protect me. If a black life held even the same amount of worth as someone who is not black, I would never feel as though I don't matter. If black lives mattered, this national outcry would not exist.

A young boy turns his back to police during a Black Lives Matter protest.
A young boy turns his back to police during a Black Lives Matter protest. | Source

"But, all lives matter."

— An Ignorant Person Who Believes They've Solved the Problem of Racism

All Lives Don't Matter

I hate to say it but it is the truth, all lives don't matter. In a perfect world, all lives would matter. The positive connotation that that statement promotes is amazing because it tells us they were are all important and no one is invalid. Unfortunately, our world is not perfect. Therefore, all lives don't matter. They didn't matter before the Black Lives Matter movement became relevant and the statement still remains false today. Whenever someone says "all lives matter", there is always some exception. We, as humans, need to admit that the supposed All Lives Matter movement was only created to promote the superiority of whites. The purpose of the All Lives Matter movement was never to provide the sense of acceptance to all.

30% of black victims were unarmed in 2015 compared to 21% of white victims.

— Mapping Police Violence

U.S police killed at least 258 black people in 2016, according to a project by The Guardian.

The Statistics Speak

This is unacceptable. Black people do not deserve to be targeted by anyone, especially the ones who we seek help from. No one does. As of right now, we need help. Unrealistic statements like "all lives matter" are sweet and suitable for social hashtags but not for real life. The Black Lives Matter movement is not a "screw you" to anyone. It's a cry for help.

A Black Lives Matter protest in Seattle, Washington.
A Black Lives Matter protest in Seattle, Washington. | Source

Do black lives really matter?

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© 2017 Maya Dummett

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      Yoleen Lucas 3 months ago from Big Island of Hawaii

      Yes, there is a lot of unfair profiling of young black males. But have you taken a good look at the crime statistics of the cities where most of the profiling occurs?

      I'm from the west coast, where racism isn't much of an issue. Growing up in Oakland, my greatest concern was black thugs, not the Ku Klux Klan. In addition, immorality was rampant.

      Black lives do matter - but only if the blacks make it so!

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      Ruby 3 months ago

      So BLM wants equality, not world domination. Your explanation is quite different from the one broadcasted to me from family. Thank you and can you write more about this?

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      Markus 3 months ago

      I suppose I never thought of the Black Lives Matter movement in this way. So they just wanted to be accepted? This is no way putting blacks above whites, yes?

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      Joanne 3 months ago

      Great insight from such a young lady. I'd love to see what you come up with next.