Why #AllLivesMatter Is Racist

Why #AllLivesMatter Is Racist

You May Have Good Intentions, But Let's Take A Closer Look

Black Lives Matter was created after the 2012 murder of Trayvon Martin, and George Zimmerman was acquitted for the crime. However, the movement skyrocketed and gained national attention after the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014. In both cases, unarmed black men were killed, no justice was served, and throughout the trials these men were continuously dehumanized by the media. Words like “thug” were used to rationalize and justify their deaths.

It’s important to note that Black Lives Matter is a movement. They have a website, specified guiding principles, and chapters across the United States. All Lives Matter has none of these, and does not exist on its own; it is a phrase that was created as a reaction to the Black Lives Matter Movement. While the idea of all lives mattering in the eyes of our government is nice, it fails to acknowledge the presence of racism in America. All Lives Matter was created because when black people said that their lives were important and deserving of respect, all that the egocentric white supremacy that exists in this country heard was that the lives of white people somehow didn’t matter. By saying the phrase “All Lives Matter”, you may have good intentions, but you are erasing the voices of African Americans, and other people of color, and essentially implying that what you have to say is more important than their lives.

The methods used by Black Lives Matter echoes some of the tactics used in the Civil Rights Movements. Similar to sit-ins, the Freedom Riders, and Martin Luther King Jr.; they believe in using the tactic of nonviolent, direct action. One small but vital aspect which sets their nonviolent protests apart from those of Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), is their apparent disinterest in assimilation. Black Lives Matter does not aim to please white audiences in their fight for justice. On their website, they answer the question “What does #BlackLivesMatter mean?”:

“When we say Black Lives Matter, we are broadening the conversation around state violence to include all of the ways in which Black people are intentionally left powerless at the hands of the state. We are talking about the ways in which Black lives are deprived of our basic human rights and dignity.”

It’s no secret that racism exists in America. We were created on the ideas of freedom and liberty, but we can’t deny how slavery built up our economy, and for some time, our country. The “system” is not rigged against people of color by accident; it was built that way. From the beginning, Africans and African Americans in this country were legally (and morally) treated as property, and eventually were considered to be only three fifths of a person according to the Constitution in 1787. Fast forward over two centuries, according to a 2013 analysis at the Pew Research Center, in 2010, black men were more than six times as likely as white men to be incarcerated in both state and federal prisons, as well as local jails. In addition to this, according to a CNN report in 2014, over 27% of black Americans live in poverty, almost three times as many as the less than 10% of whites living in poverty.

So while the phrase “All Lives Matter” may sound inclusive, it is quite the opposite. It ignores the daily struggles of African Americans and other people of color. All Lives Matter pushes back against the fight waged by people of color who promote equality not only for heterosexual black men, but black women and members of the LGBTQA+ community as well. You may not agree with the tactics of Black Lives Matter, but you cannot deny the importance and relevance of their message. As the South African archbishop and civil rights activist, Desmond Tutu, once said: “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor,”. To be blunt, by saying the phrase “All Lives Matter” rather than acknowledging the message behind “Black Lives Matter”, you are choosing the side of the oppressor.

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When Your Enough Just Isn't Enough

Do what you can, and God will do what you can't.

Have you ever felt like your enough just isn’t… enough? I feel like often times, even in smaller situations, we belittle the greatness that we can achieve because of our own personal thoughts or what others lead us to believe. It’s like, yeah, I wrote this paper, but did I really put my all into it? Or, yeah, I did my Bible study, but was my heart really into it?

It’s times like this when I must sit back and remember that God is God and He knows every depth and shallow I’ve been through! Lately I’ve found myself wondering if I’ve been doing enough to follow my calling properly, or even if I’ve done enough to please God. Sometimes doing what you want to do for God can be disheartening because rejection and a whole lotta “no”s come along with it. The outcome will always be pleasurable, but the journey to reach out to someone’s heart can be difficult. 

Hebrews 10:36 (NIV) says “You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.” 

To me, this verse is saying, “Do what YOU can, and God will do what you can’t.” 

Is that not amazing to think about? We have the honor of having a God that will never leave our side. Receiving your calling and attempting to do the best to please God can be difficult – there’s no doubt about it. God never said it would be easy, but He did reassure us that He wasn’t going to leave us behind. Whether your passion for God is to sing, minister, be a missionary, or absolutely anything, do what you can and God will do the rest – with your drive, of course. 

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve backed out of opportunities or denied my calling to others, just because of how selfish I am about it. I felt like my enough wasn’t enough! But, if we’re doing what God wants, under Him and for Him, He will be pleased. That’s the beauty of it all!

So next time you feel like you’re not doing enough, take a step back and look at what’s in front of you. 

Are you doing what you can so that God can do what you can’t? 

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Black British Viewpoint On The H&M Ad

Why his mother is unbothered? And why South African Protestors are?

You've seen it everywhere. A photo of this beautiful Black Boy wearing a sweater (aka Jumper) stating "cutest monkey in the jungle". Now many people immediately expressed outrage about the entire situation but when I saw this, my original response was as follows:

And it seems that the boys mother agrees with me:

“[I] am the mum, and this is one of hundreds of outfits my son has modeled. Stop crying wolf all the time, [it’s] an unnecessary issue here. Get over it.. That’s my son, [I’ve] been to all photoshoots and this was not an exception. Everyone is entitled to their opinion about this… I really don’t understand but not [because I’m] choosing not to, but because it’s not my way of thinking. Sorry.

THE AFRICAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE IS DIFFERENT TO THE AFRO CARIBBEAN EXPERIENCE

A fellow Brit writes:


Like this commenter mentioned, I've heard white and black parents in the UK refer to their kids as a cheeky monkey. You see before moving to the USA, I use to say all the time "racism DOES NOT exist". Yeah don't get me wrong I'd experience two moments that I remember, that had a slight racial bias attached to it. But it was two separate incidents in the twenty-something years of my life. It was really nothing. Scrap that maybe three. After all my family is multiracial. Many family members includng my uncle, brother in law, cousins in law are white and my lineage is mixed. I could go to a pub meet a white person or a person of any other race, and have a deep meaningful conversation about a plethora of issues with no judgment and feel like there really is a deep connection and acceptance. Heck, I could have that conversation at a bus stop.

My family member writes:


It's not the same in the USA. It's a constant barrage of judgment, of questioning everything and every experience. From the moment you walk out of your door, you could be subjected to multiple incidences of racist bias that leave you raw and unable to know how to process or to cope. ou leave your house and if in an affluent neighborhood, your neighbors can make you feel like you don't belong.Y You walk into your nearby Krogers, where until you are labeled as ok, you could be followed all around the store on a daily basis. You see your neighbors who do not acknowledge and often do things that let you know, you are un-welcomed (you don't belong) in your very own neighborhood. You go to work, where you are isolated and made to feel that it was not designed for you. Where you micromanaged and made to feel less than in so many ways. You drive home from work where if you are a black man, one false move could be the end of your life.

You see, the African American experience is one that dehumanizes you. It has become so polarized that it's difficult to even know which way to look. I mean my daughter was subjected to bullying with a racial element, at the age of 4. FOUR years old. It's heart-wrenching and just unacceptable. I can go to an event be it a birthday party or a school led event where everyone knows me, but many if not all at times, choose to not speak to me. It's a brutal experience.


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HERE'S MY POINT

The experiences are so different that I honestly can relate why for the Swedish black Mum took no issue with the sweater/jumper or the ad. But I also being black in America where it is common to dehumanize black people, and where this subjection is daily and constant can understand why there is such outrage and why many people take offense. There is a school of thought out there that believe H&M did this on purpose. That this was an opportunity to gain free publicity. I truly hope not. Either way I shout You Cannot Define Me, I am Beautiful, Learned, Adorable, Capable a King (aka BLACK) for that little boy. I also understand why those in South Africa protested to the point that H&M has had to close its door.

The divisive nature of the country, nay, the world needs to get on a better track if we are truly to move forward. When will we learn?I really and truly just don't get it. Let me know your thoughts?

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