Black lives, Hispanic lives, and White lives matter, but I personally tend to care about everyone. It’s like this curse passed down from my parents. With so many specific crimes taking precedence these days, I decided to reach out for some clarification.
According to BlackLivesMatter.com, “not a moment, but a movement”: “When we say black lives matter, we are broadening the conversation around state violence to include all of the ways in which Black people are intentionally left powerless at the hands of the state.”
Completely powerless? I am most certain that a criminal case acquittal does not protect anyone from a civil case, which is actually not a bad idea to consider before marching.
Anyhow, this blog is short and sweet. I contacted Black Lives Matter with the intentions of finding out what it is they do before these tragedies occur. I believe they intentionally ignored my inquiries. I contacted them directly, using the only contact info available, the white box on the website, asking what it is they are doing to encourage others to make positive impacts in the communities in the recent media frenzies.
I wrote, “Please provide any evidence that you actually care about these black lives before being riddled with bullets. I would appreciate the information.”
The website states, “Black Lives Matter is a unique contribution that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of Black people by police and vigilantes.” So, naturally, I thought I would ask for a little evidence to support that statement.
After awaiting 7 days for a response, I decided to chuck it up as a loss. I believe if you truly care about young black lives, you would be doing a bit more than marching down the street without their knowledge.
Black lives absolutely matter, and they mattered long before holding up a convenient store. Where was this organization before Michael Brown made the decision to forego being a positive role model or contributing member to society? Is Black Lives Matter able to fund black people dealing with mental health problems, like Tony Robinson and Miriam Carey? Does Black Lives Matter provide opportunities for continuing education, you know when these young black lives graduate from high school? Are there recreation centers erected by Black Lives Matter in communities to keep those unable to afford a safe environment, in one? I have a few questions for Black Lives Matter, if anyone knows where I might contact a representative, please comment below.