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BLACK LIVES MATTER

June 8, 2020

To whom it may concern:

It’s been a couple of weeks since George Floyd was murdered by a police officer. Unfortunately, this is only the most recent of countless racial injustices and racially motivated murders that have occurred within the past few years, and even beyond. But the murder of George Floyd, which was filmed and has now been posted several times over, has our nation in an uproar.

This situation has sent me on an emotional rollercoaster. It’s so sad to say, but this type of egregious action happens way too often. It feels like black people are being hunted. What other way can it be described when every few months an unarmed black person is murdered, with no reason or justification, and arrests and convictions are nearly nonexistent? I’ve wanted to voice my opinion on this ever since I watched the video of George Floyd’s murder. But I’ve been so emotional that I honestly couldn’t find the words to say. Well, I decided that I was ready to speak on how this has made me feel, and I did this on my most recent podcast episode.

I don’t believe that so many people truly don’t understand what Black Lives Matter means. No, you understand it. You’ve witnessed the same injustice everyone else has since, and even before, Black Lives Matter was ever chanted. So why do you have such disdain for those three words?

Is it because they make you realize that you have biases that you have yet to face? Do they make you feel less than? They shouldn’t. They don’t devalue the live of any non black person. They are simple a reminder that a black life matters just as much as yours. But if you truly don’t understand, let me try to help you.

Imagine being a widow that’s only just lost her husband. Tears streaming down your face. You feel like your heart has been ripped out of your chest, tied to a brick, and dropped in the ocean. Someone walks up and asks you what’s wrong, so you tell them you’re sad because your husband just died. You tell them you don’t know what to do and that you could use some support right now because you’re hurting. The person then places their hand on your shoulder, they look into your eyes and say, “Suck it up buttercup, you’re not the only widow that’s sad. ALL WIDOWS ARE SAD.”

Still don’t get it? Ok, let’s try another. How about this one from Pastor Carl Lentz? Listen carefully to what he says.

Black Lives Matter is movement for equality and justice. To say that it is anything malicious is a lie that only someone that does not believe in equality will hide behind.

I pray for change because enough is enough.

Sincerely,

A Tired Black Woman

BLACK LIVES MATTER.

  • Reply
    Donnetta Thomas
    June 14, 2020 at 11:19 pm

    Enjoy all your post keep up the good work.

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