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Why I’m a White Person Standing Up For Black Lives

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I had always known I was color blind, but it really started to hit me when I went from being sympathetic to how black people are treated, to being pissed off.

 

What really made me cringe was a comment I heard regarding the Black Lives Matter movement. Something about black people “whining” and thinking “the world revolves around them when they get a whole month surrounding black history”.

 

Last time I checked, every day of the year revolves around white people. And what most don’t understand is that saying black lives matter, is NOT saying that white lives don’t. My take on the Black Lives Matter movement is that they simply want acknowledgement for their suffering- past and present. Saying that black people living now don’t have the right to be angry about years of slavery because it didn’t personally happen to them is completely ignorant. Especially when they are still treated with misjudgment and disrespect on a day to day basis in 2020.

 

We may have come a long way, but in my opinion there’s still a lot of work to do. Considering these days it seems that, if anything, we’re going backwards. Years and years of work and lives lost fighting for equality and almost nothing to show for it. Black people are still discriminated against and DO NOT have the same rights. If you truly believe that they do, then you’re part of the problem.

 

You’re also part of the problem if you claim to be angry about the black lives lost due to police brutality, yet you stay silent when it matters most. Your silence is a huge hindrance. If you are passionate about something, act as though you are. Cry for them. Voice for them. Care for more than just celebrity divorces and gossip.

 


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