_______ Lives Matter?

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In light of the stories on my Trending News tab, I thought I’d weigh in on my opinion on the whole “Black Lives Matter” vs “All Lives Matter” controversy. Feel free to disagree, but it’s just my take.

I’ll be honest. At first, I didn’t understand the heart of the statement “Black Lives Matter”. At first, to me, it seemed like an angry, hate filled, racist statement that uplifted one race over another.

After a lot of conversation and listening, I’ve realized, for many people, that’s not the heart of “Black Lives Matter” at all. The way I see it now, the statement is simply a reminder to people that in a world where racism still clearly exists, we can’t forget that black people’s lives still matter as much as everyone else.

This statement doesn’t imply that every police officer who has killed a black man was racist or in the wrong. It doesn’t imply that black people are superior. It’s simply a reminder to people who don’t value black lives, to remember they do truly matter.

However, is that the heart of many people who claim to be in this movement? Unfortunately, no. At this point, you can call me a racist if you want, but I’m just stating that in my opinion, many people have distorted the use of the term “Black Lives Matter”.

While it isn’t what “Black Lives Matter” stands for, people have used this phrase as a rally cry to spew hatred and anger towards non-black people for “assumed racism” without any form of research or evidence. People have used this phrase as an excuse to lash out their hatred through everything from rioting in streets, attacking police officers, resisting arrest, destroying businesses, to even burning American flags.

As a result, now we have people responding in haste with, “No! All Lives Matter!”, to which many people have taken a great offence…

Let’s put the pitchforks down for a second and think about this. I understand what “Black Lives Matter” really means today, and I’m all for it, however, I didn’t always understand it. Unfortunately, many people don’t, and be honest… can you blame them?

I know they say to not judge the heart of a movement based on the actions of a few, but can you really blame people for turning on the news and seeing a person stomp on an American Flag while yelling “Black Lives Matter”, and not want to respond with a hasty response like, “NO! ALL LIVES MATTER!”

So here’s my suggestion. Look past the slogans, and look into the hearts of the people. The Bible says in 1 Samuel 16:7, “for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.”

We will be amazed how many people on opposite sides of the “Black Lives Matter” vs “All Lives Matter” movements actually agree, if we could just be willing to look past the slogans, and have real intellectual conversations.

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