Whenever Black Americans use the term ‘Black Lives Matter,’ many whites (clearly not all of them) cringe because they believe Blacks are calling for the hatred of whites and police officers. That’s absolutely absurd. Black Lives Matter is not a slogan but a movement by which Black Americans must remind this world that we do matter. Our lives matter. Our families matter. And our future matters. Do Black Lives Matter diminish the lives of other groups? No it doesn’t. Any rational person who reads and studies history understands that Black Americans have been used and abused by people, institutions, and systems who regard us as being inferior and less than human.
Even though Black Americans have made progress and continue to make progress in these so-called United States of America, it’s important to realize that we, as Black Americans, must work to find solutions by whatever means we can. Does that mean violence? Of course it doesn’t. It does mean we cannot include oppressive groups in the planning process. Let me be clear about this. Politicians who create laws and policies to keep us down need to be excluded from the discussion. As a matter of fact, crooked politicians and those who support them must be exposed. We have to financially boycott any and all businesses that contribute to white supremacy, directly and indirectly.
Whites who dismiss the Black Lives Matter movement as being racist are delusional because their comfort level is being threatened. Many whites will never know the feeling of shopping while Black, driving while Black, working while Black, and creating your own business while Black. The recent speech by Hillary Clinton after the killing of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile asking whites to put themselves in African-Americans shoes was a joke. Here’s another example of a white politician trying to pander Black Americans for a vote by saying the right thing. Remember – Hillary Clinton knows how to lie and how to say the right things to get an applause. Let’s put her on the spot and have her address the policies during her husband’s administration that saw an increase in the number of Blacks entering the criminal justice system.
Many whites don’t have a problem with Black Americans until race and race relations becomes a topic of discussion. Check this out – If animal cruelty happens, they will speak up and speak out. That’s a no-brainer. On the other hand, when Black men and women are unfairly treated by systems that’s accustomed to treating us as less than, you don’t hear a word. That’s why it’s critical to always uphold the movement of Black Lives Matter. If we don’t take pride in who we are, no one else will.
Just because Black Americans promote Black Lives Matter, it doesn’t in any way, shape, or form mean we are anti-police, anti-white, or anti-American. In a real sense, we can be pro-Black and pro-American at the same time. Common sense tells us you won’t find whites telling a Jew, an Irish, or a Latino not to be proud of their heritage. In addition to that, you won’t find whites criticizing the Jews, Irish or Latino’s for being too much of this or too much of that. They won’t do it. However, they (whites) feel the need to tell us not to be too Black or pro Black. To that I say, anyone white person who asks us to ‘tone down’ our Blackness is intimidated as well as threatened by us. Why? Because they know our power and our greatness. To get spiritual with this for a moment – the enemy will always try to get us to forget our history, our culture, and our greatness. As long as the enemy can keep us divided, he wins. That’s the job of those who disavow the Black Lives Matter movement. However, it won’t work because Black Americans are too resilient to give up. Black Lives Matter today, tomorrow, and forever.
Dr. Sinclair Grey III is a speaker, business trainer, writer, and success coach. Contact him at www.sinclairgrey.org, firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @drsinclairgrey