From The Editor: This post was originally published in 2016, and sadly, the violence and inequality continues today.
As a white woman born in privilege, I will be personally donating to Black Lives Matter today. And I will continue to educate myself.
Think you know about the movement ? Did you know it was founded by two queer black women? Read below to learn more about Black Lives Matter. And please show your support and solidarity by donating to their movement here: Black Lives Matter Donate
Black Lives Matter
In the wake of national chaos, shootings and despair it is hard to think about how movements seem to be helping people. The Black Lives Matter movement is no different. And it doesn’t change the tension between the Black Community, and those who put on the police uniform every day, and protect and defend us in a wide variety of ways.
The Black Lives Matter Movement was designed to bring a face to a community that often times is forgotten about, and stereotyped. Formed in the prospect of unity, and advocacy for the black freedom struggle. Its desire has never been to point fingers at the White man, or to trump others races. It has been an outcry, a rally that helps to encourage and impassioned our future generations.
As a result we often have been categorized as thinking that black lives are the only ones matters. We get asked why we can’t focus on the crime problems in our own communities. But in the midst of so many questions comes the need to think about some of the misconceptions people have about us. We deserve a fair hearing, so we can debunk who we are, and what the Black Lives Matter Movement is not.
1. We are not a hate group.
When you take part of an organization who loses people at the hands of violence, and injustice it means something. We do not carry signs that are meant to take down the White Man. Instead we use solidarity, peace, and education as a way to make our voices heard and demand justice by those in power. We have been told we are looking for trouble, and want to cause trouble.
When the reality is like any group, extremists have carried our name tag – and tainted our calling.
They are loved by us, but they are not supported by us. They do not represent us. Categorizing any group by the actions, dispositions, or statements by a few only tears apart the good of the cause.