A blog article by Bonniejean Alford (educator, activist, world citizen)
The world we live in has changed; some change for the better and some change not for the better.
In response to hateful or just ignorant acts of violence against various groups (blacks, cops, whites, you name it), various social movement groups have formed following the adage that life matters – following the origination of the first group: “Black Lives Matter”. These groups exist in a separatist fashion, aimed at creating change only for the group they represent. I have no problem with different groups existing; what I have a problem with is the expectation that real change in society will come from groups existing within their own little bubble of social justice.
It is absolutely true, that if we want change for a particular group, we first must draw attention to the injustices in this separatist fashion – basically make clear the problem. But the solution cannot come from this separate place. If we want a solution to the problems plaguing the world, especially discrimination, we must ALL come together to create a UNIFIED resolution.
This is the only way to even have a chance at achieving the ideal equality so many long for.
Fact is, I do not think that the separatist groups should find separate solutions – rather, they should just bring awareness to the problems that then All groups come together to solve. All the separatist approach to finding solutions will do is create more problems in the long run since we are not working together as a society to create real and lasting change. If you look back at history, we didn’t have any beginning of change with Civil or Women’s Rights until multiple groups started coming together to create the change. And while there is still a long way to go in reaching true equality within society, working together, cooperating is the only key to success here.
It is only through this cooperation that we can truly see any positive results to society’s ever increasing plight of a world without harmony.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not implying we go around agreeing on everything. That would just be ridiculous. But we can respect one another. That is what is truly missing from the world – respect. It may actually be just that simple in the whole seemingly complex matter of lives mattering or not. Unfortunately, though, many have been denying the right to matter to particular groups and individuals for far too long.
This needs to change and the only path is through respect as we work in unison for positive change.
You see, people are unique enigmas, shaped by their experiences, their cultures, their choices. When we start to recognize this reality, to respect it, then we can start the real work finding solutions to our societal problems, solutions that everyone can be content with, solutions we work TOGETHER to build.
In the end, all lives really do matter. Change, though, needs to come in a way that doesn’t create more problems through continued separation.