Why Blacks Lives Should Matter

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Recently, a discussion occurred on subreddit about the Black Lives Matter movement. As all of you are aware of, I made a comment on the post that turned out to be mini essay of some sorts. Some of you feel that the Black Lives Matter movement is there to separate African Americans from other ethnicities. Some of you have even got as far to say that we force ourselves not to be equal. Let me clear up some issues for any confusion.

First off, the Black Lives Matter movement is here to bring awareness to the issues going on within the African American community. It ranges from police brutality to racial profiling to racial inequality. They don’t only care about black lives, but all races. The movement is showing that black lives matter also like all lives. They are talking about how equality should be for everyone including black lives, so they aren’t segregating themselves. They are just trying to create change as African Americans have generally gone throughout many, many years of injustice.

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Let me tell you some history about African Americans. It first started with slavery, a period where African Americans were degraded and dehumanized by Americans. Then, many Americans fought long for slavery until it was finally abolished. Inequality persevered, however, with no respect and segregation as societal evidence of such. This was counteracted with the Civil Rights movement where we earned more rights. History shows that African Americans have been present for many centuries. We think it’s about time that we should be treated equally and fairly like others. That’s what the Black Lives Matter movement is trying to accomplish. We’re trying to create change for not only African Americans, but all races.

In my opinion, I feel that our lives aren’t valued as much. They are more at risk than any other race because of the stigma that people have in their minds about African Americans. The movement is trying to change all of this as African Americans have gone through years and years of oppression.

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In addition, some may think that we separate ourselves from other races, but that can’t be justified. Take Brewster for example, where the population is mostly white. Keep in mind that there is a rising population of Latinos in our area. Are you indicating that whites separate themselves from Latinos? Are you causing yourselves to be segregated or does it just occur naturally because of cultural differences? Another example is New York City as many ethnic areas are scattered across the city. I’ve seen many areas such as Little Italy and Chinatown. Are they forcing themselves to be segregated or is it because of commonalities between their ethnicities?

I think we should all be more empathetic of races as most of you have never seen cultural diversity or a change from your normal. Brewster is an example, as more cultural diversity is occurring. We should be more accepting and not quick to judge as we all deserve to be treated equally. One of my favorite quotes that come directly from Martin Luther King Jr. is, “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” This resonates so much with me because you would’ve thought that we would come really far from all of this. We have, but not far enough.

People may also say and think that no racism occurs in Brewster, but think of everytime you’ve racially profiled a Latino to be Mexican or you have judged a person just because they don’t speak English. You might not think of it as racism, but it is. You are discriminating people based on your preconceived views of what they race is expected to do. Before you come quick to judge about a movement that is actually trying to improve America after a post racist period, you should reflect on your own actions so that there is no need for a movement like this.

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