Black Lives Don't Matter
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.
"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.
Do black lives really matter?
© 2017 Maya Dummett