More than a chant or a hash tag, it cannot be argued that Black Lives Matter is a movement, putting pressure on social structures that continue to value some lives more than others. Eerily similar to the declaration “I am a man” made during the Civil Rights Movement, I, along with so many others, cannot believe that it needs to be said today. Not because we elected our first African American president but because we are so progressive, so liberal, so inclusive, so tolerant. Birthed out of headline after headline of police- involved shootings of most often unarmed African American men and women, those three words prove necessary.
Said again and again, these words are the source of heated debate and deeper discussions on the meaning of life for those socially defined as black and white. The discrepancies in perception and resultant treatment by some in law enforcement cannot be denied. The response of some has been that “all lives matter.” For others, the declaration has had the opposite effect. Last month, Kevin Wright had this to say in a blog post titled “When Christians Won’t Say #BlackLivesMatter.” Please share with me your thoughts.