Do Black Lives Matter? Why Don't All Lives Matter?

Do Black Lives Matter? Why Don't All Lives Matter?

The argument is more apples and oranges than you think.
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Do black lives matter? Sure they do! Do all lives matter? Sure they do. So why, then, is there a movement for black lives matter and not all lives matter?

This is a very good question! If we all lived in a world where we all faced the same problems and the same amount of systematic diversity, this would be a great point.

The first reason this argument can't work is because we all don't face the same conditions. Although it's so cliché, white males don't face the same systematic issues and racial problems that black men do. It's true. Men of color in America have always faced major problems in society, preventing them from gaining their proper rights and job prospects because of who they are. Although men of color have certainly made major strides in these areas, along other areas of society, many are still not treated the same. This is in no way attempting to vilify white men and women, but to act like everyone plays on a level field and to try and justify the all lives matter movement is false, and does nothing to unify society.

"Black lives matter," shouted Bernie Sanders at the first Democratic national debate. But what was Bernie really trying to say? That black lives matter more than others? No. Bernie is trying to say that black lives matter, as well. This is a form of advocacy that is close to what true feminism is trying to say. “Don’t make us above anybody else, not better than anybody else, but make us equal to everyone else.” It wouldn't make much sense if those who are privileged try to ask for equality; why would they? If anything, not only do they get equality, they are more privileged, where as men of color are just asking for that equality.

I will give something to those who oppose the black lives matter movement. I feel as though it’s been high-jacked by those who wish to use it to disrupt society. Should people of color attempt to gain equality? Absolutely, there is no doubt in that. Does this require people to be vocal sometimes? Sure, this is true as well. The problem, though, is it isn’t meant to disrupt society, and only really has effectiveness where racism occurs. There are some who have decided to use this movement along with violence to spread their message. This is wrong. The message that black lives matter is true, they do matter, but they are not going to start mattering, because those who coattail on the movement disrupt the same candidates and people who support them.

Do black lives matter? Sure they do. Do all lives matter as well? Sure they do! But the black lives matter movement doesn’t say that black lives matter more than any other lives. Instead, it says they matter just as much as any other life in society.

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10 Things I Threw Out AFTER Freshman Year Of College

Guess half the stuff on your packing list doesn't really matter
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I spent the entire summer before my freshman year of college so WORRIED.

I also spent most of my money that summer on miscellaneous dorm stuff. I packed the car when the time finally came to move in, and spent the drive up excited and confused about what the heck was actually going on.

Freshman year came and went, and as I get ready to go back to school in just a few short weeks (!!), I'm starting to realize there's just a whole bunch of crap I just don't need.

After freshman year, I threw out:

1. Half my wardrobe.

I don't really know what I was thinking of owning 13 sweaters and 25 T-shirts in the first place. I wear the same five T-shirts until I magically find a new one that I probably got for free, and I put on jeans maybe four times. One pair is enough.

2. Half my makeup.

Following in the theme of #1, if I put on makeup, it's the same eyeliner-mascara combination as always. Sometimes I spice it up and add lipstick or eyeshadow.

3. My vacuum.

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One, I basically never did it. Two, if I REALLY needed to vacuum, dorms rent out cleaning supplies.

4. Most of my photos from high school.

I didn't throw them ALL away, but most of them won't be making a return to college. Things change, people change, your friends change. And that's okay.

5. Excess school supplies.

Binders are heavy and I am lazy. I surprisingly didn't lose that many pens, so I don't need the fifty pack anymore. I could probably do without the crayons.

6. Cups/Plates/Bowls/Silverware.

Again, I am lazy. I cannot be bothered to wash dishes that often. I'll stick to water bottles and maybe one coffee cup. Paper plates/bowls can always be bought, and plastic silverware can always be stolen from different places on campus.

7. Books.

I love to read, but I really don't understand why I thought I'd have the time to actually do it. I think I read one book all year, and that's just a maybe.

8. A sewing kit.

I don't even know how to sew.

9. Excessive decorations.

It's nice to make your space feel a little more cozy, but not every inch of the wall needs to be covered.

10. Throw pillows.

At night, these cute little pillows just got tossed to the floor, and they'd sit there for days if I didn't make my bed.

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We're All Thinking It, I'm Saying It: Too Many People Are Running For President

I'm all for options, but man, do we really need 24? I mean, I can barely pick a flavor of ice cream at Baskin Robbins let alone a potential President.

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There are, currently, 23 Democrats running for President. On the Republican side, there's, of course, Trump, but only one other candidate, former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld. Democrats have a whole range of people running, from senators to congressmen, a former vice-president, and even a spiritual advisor. We can now say that there are DOZENS of people running for President in 2020.

Joe Biden has been leading the pack for quite some time now. He was even leading polls before he announced his campaign. Although he is the frontrunner, there really is no big favorite to win the nomination. Biden has been hovering around the mid-30s in most polls, with Bernie Sanders coming in second. Other minor candidates in the hunt are Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, and Kamala Harris.

After the surprising defeat of Hillary Clinton in 2016, Democrats have become electrified and have a mission to take back the White House after winning back the House of Representatives in 2018. There are so many people running in 2020, it seems that it will be hard to focus on who is saying what and why someone believes in something, but in the end, there can only be one candidate. This is the most diverse group of candidates ever, several women are running, people of color, the first out gay candidate, and several more.

There could be a problem when it comes to debate time. I mean, the first debate is next month. Having around 20-plus people on stage at the same time, debating each other kinda sounds like a nightmare. How can someone get their point across in the right amount of time when someone else is going to cut them off? Debates are usually around an hour and a half. So, if you divide it up, each candidate would get just under five minutes to speak. That would be in a perfect world of course.

Democrats seriously believe that they can beat Trump in 2020. They say they have learned from the mistakes of 2016, and have the guts and the momentum to storm back into the White House. By July of next year, there will be only one candidate left. Will they be able to reconcile the divide during the primaries? We will see. It will surely be a fun election cycle, so make sure to have your popcorn ready and your ballot at hand to pick your favorite candidate, no matter what party you lean towards.

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