All lives matter . . . a Take on the Civil Rights Movements of Today

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.

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51 thoughts on “All lives matter . . . a Take on the Civil Rights Movements of Today

  1. I agree to what you are saying to an extent because as citizens we have to come together for change to eventually happen. The only point that I would like to differentiate is the dehumanization that is happening at the expense of minorities. “Black Lives Matter” would be considered a separatist group, but different communities are coming together to highlight the same problems. Since Chicago has been marked for police misconduct, “Black Lives Matter” activists and support groups from Ferguson have come together to push the issue of the injustices that are happening. “All lives matter” helps to include everyone, showing that everyone matters. In the same breath, not “ALL” lives are being plastered in the media.

    1. You are absolutely correct. There are some groups coming together, but I am not sure it is enough. Especially since the coming together seems more about protest than finding actual solutions. And yes, many groups arw being dehumanized by people in other groups. That is the point. We all need to call attention to the hateful acts against the many groups (Blacks, Muslims, Arabs, you name a group) facing oppression. Which is why I wrote this article. I want to create a peaceful dialogue for creating real change. Quite frankly, I am tired of my friends, colleagues, and students being treated horribly simply because they arw part of a group deemed unworthy by someone who has no right to decide other people’s value. I truly wish for a world where we can respect difference and live in harmony with one another. I fear that in my lifetime we will not see this.

    2. I agree in recent memory the media seems to really be focusing on crime within the African American community. It’s almost as if their desire is to create tension between various groups. I agree though that we need to come to come together to ignite the change that our society needs. The problems we face are just branches of the same tree. I feel like until we eliminate all negative prejudice between races we cannot accomplish harmony. We as a society need to realize that just because one person from a group is a certain way, not everyone from that group is that way. The dream is that we can just recognize ourselves as humans and that fighting between groups is doing nothing to secure our future.

      1. I agree with your point, people need to be looked at as people not a stereotype. This would be the ideal world view that is worth striving towards. Coming together as a unit, eliminate the thought that each group is different and are fighting for different goals. When in reality civil rights is the common goal for all.

      2. This topic has always been interesting to me. I agree that media magnifies the crime and violence that goes on in African American communities. I do stop to think though that maybe those are just the bad areas, and that unfortunately, blacks, are being targeted. It’s sad to watch the new and see a separation in whites and black, due to violence. We are all the same, and as far as I’m concerned we all contribute to society so why not just help each other out, all colors, all races.

  2. It is unfortunate that there are so many groups fighting for the rights of just one group. I think if we are going to fight injustice we should try to fight it in general not just for one group or another. It’s a long shot and maybe it will never happen, but one day I would like us all fighting for the betterment of humanity as a whole. I think being separated helps carry on any tension that is still around between any race, ethnicity, etc. We need to prove that we can all come together. The problem is those with prejudice and those who discriminate, not the group as a whole.

    1. Michael I agree that everyone needs to come together to fight for humanity as a whole. But we have to start somewhere. The social injustices being displayed against minority groups are detrimental to the progression of our society and dehumanizing for a race of people. The oppression that is being faced needs to be stopped immediately, period. So I do think that it is good that there are so many movements and organizations fighting for the rights of one particular group. The purpose of these groups is not to separate themselves but rather to inform of their adversities and encourage others to join together with them. If we want an overhaul of the systematic oppression imposed on us by previous generations, we must go about this social change strategically and take it one step at a time. We must break down each barrier, one after another, until the only thing left standing is the truth, that we are all equal, that we all deserve the right to live freely from labels placed on us by others, and that we all have the responsibility to better our society and the world as a whole.

  3. I agree with your point that as a society we should come together to speak on the issues to come up with a unified solution. I feel like the world is missing respect for others because they are too busy being selfish to care. Saying just one only goes through this when really other go through do go through the same issue as well is an issue because everyone should be informed about the public issue as a whole. Just like what Mills’ sociological imagination idea is- that it’s a problem when it is a public issue because multiple people go through it.

    1. I agree with what Nia stated. In some ways I think American citizens are selfish but then again I don’t think it’s that were selfish, I think it’s that some of these people think too highly of themselves. I think the problem is that some people think they have more power over others. The difference in the class systems causes all of this power and authority difference between people and that’s something Mills does a really good job at explaining. The whole “Black Lives Matter” issue is something that is trying to bring more power to blacks. I’m not saying that is a bad thing, I think it’s just a power struggle and I think that’s something everyone wants.

      1. I agree with your statement Laura, that many people do think to highly over others as if they have more power and authority than others. Its that they do try their best to get that power and stay on it. Some people just need to inform others in a calm matter about the issue. An example of that would be a peaceful protest or a request for a national meeting. I think there are some people who want to address the issue in a respectful way but then there are some who take advantage of that and is more of a biased view and that is not what’s it all about.

  4. It is disappointing to see that there are many groups fighting for a single cause. Like Michael said, we should fight for the rights of all, not the rights of a particular group. That’s why civil reform is taking longer than expected. People should fight for all in general. Being separated continues the tension for other groups while supporting one group

  5. I feel that when certain groups fight for one cause, other causes are left out. This causes more tension, causing riots, killing and other methods because these people don’t have their voices heard and it damages them. If groups all fought for rights as a whole, everyone is being heard. People will stand up and fight for equality for all.

    1. Jeremy, I find myself in a respectful disagreement to your ideology. I understand the point of your message, fighting for the rights of all is what needs to be accomplished, and I can support that, but I don’t exactly get what you mean by, “when certain groups fight for one cause, other causes are left out.” Who exactly is being “left out” by advocating against discrimination? There are a plethora of organizations active today that continuously fight for the rights of just as many groups of people. I personally worked closely with an organization which fought and advocated for the equality of the LGBT community, for example. The problem is not that there’s multiple organizations for one cause (thank god there is, because clearly just one wasn’t powerful enough to get that group’s message across), the problem is that there are not support backing these groups. All of these organizations advocating for equal rights and calling for the end of discrimination have the same fundamentals behind them as the message of this article: to call everyone to come together for the greater good. This call to action applies to all people of all backgrounds. These organizations NEED as much support as humanly possible to force the social change they deserve and desire. The tension you speak of I believe comes about when the voices of these inclusive organizations are not being heard or taken seriously by the system they are fighting against. Civil reform has taken so long because, in my opinion, of the negative twisting of these movements’ ideologies by mainstream media, who either misrepresent these groups as violent and unorganized, or by conveniently picking which ever parts of their organizations they choose to shed shed light on, to paint them in whatever way they see fit, usually for the purpose of an attention grabbing headline, regardless of the consequences.

  6. I completely agree with your article here. We should as a human race think more optimistic and apply this to not only our youth of America but for the past generations as well. We as a whole need to take a stand against discrimination but we need to become that whole. Right now in society we fight for the same things but we are split into racial groups that fight for only that race. Instead of “Black Lives Matter” why not do “All Lives Matter” and end the racism. As you said in your article we need to respect one another because without respect we will not end the racism and the pointing fingers of each race. We need respect universally black, white, cop, yellow, red, no matter what color we will always be the same on the inside and with something so easy to do its the hardest thing to do. Very good article!

    1. I agree with Andrew, the issue is a national issue it should not just be towards one group. I know there are many more groups experiencing that as well not just one group. The term divides the country and that’s not what we need right now, not in the future. Lets not repeat the past with division, and instead respect all parts and to put yourself in others shoes..

  7. I think the problem lies in the Black communities rejecting the idea of “All Lives Matter”. Unfortunately, the saying is being taken as a racist remark when it is far from it. The point of the “All Lives Matter” campaign is to unify and stop excluding a certain group (in this case race) from a larger picture movement. Yes of course, black lives matter, all that is trying to be said is that, Hispanic lives matter, Asian lives matter, Caucasian lives matter etc. Yes, it is clear why this movement started in the first place, however, we must work together instead of trying to isolate ourselves. If the “Black Lives Matter” protesters would stop rejecting the idea of coming together to find a solution, we could get a lot done. The “All Lives Matter” idea should not be looked at as a group forming in a separatist fashion from the black community because, look at the name, it is quite the opposite.

    1. The thing that I don’t understand about the “Black lives matter” protest is that they seem themselves more important than all. The reason for this idea is because they don’t consider themselves as everyone else (which is the all lives matter) they want to be Favorited above everyone else. Since.. you know, they aren’t under the category of “all.”

    2. Ellie, I agree with you that it does cause racial tension and how people should open up, when the “black lives matter” comes up. However, I do believe that many Black communities acknowledge that the “All lives matter” as well as “Black lives Matter” is an issue and that all communities go through it. I believe that there are still some misunderstanding about that. However, I do believe some just go with the “Black lives matter” but I know not all think that as they do bring up “All lives matter” as well. Everyone should open up about the issue and solve it together rather than being to themselves.

      1. This brings up another issue that people should be informed about what is the point of the fight. It seems like there are so many groups because they are not informed about the groups that are around them. There is one fight that has to be won, but people are taking different paths to achieve the same goal. This point puts into question of “Do people know that there are other organizations?” and “ How they could come together?”

    3. Elle, the BLM movement does not reject the idea of the “All Lives Matter” movement, that is a false narrative twisted and crapped out by mainstream media to undermine the efforts of a civil rights group challenging social norms. Of course all lives matter, the BLM movement has even said this, their stance is that right now, the lives of those oppressed and discriminated against that need the most immediate attention and social change is the African American community. This comes as a result of unjustified police brutality and murders, as well as general discrimination that is observed and felt on a daily basis. Everyone agrees that we as a society need to come together to create change, they’re just asking that we rise up and make it happen for this group right now.

  8. I agree because people are still being segregated whether it’s by their age or something else. I think we can change that by communicating with people more from around the world. I think that some people segregate others and they don’t even realize it. But we can change that by talking about discrimination more and why it happens and how it makes both of the people feel. I also think that if discrimination was gone there would be a decrease in wars and fighting in the world.

  9. I primarily found myself in disagreement with most of the article’s propositional ideologies revolving around the employed method to achieve change. Although I completely comprehend the complexity of deeply-rooted issues which embark on social injustices that require the attention of others (such as racism, prejudices, politics, etc.) to congregate and collaborate focus on goal-oriented efforts. However, many of my issues regarding this article refers to the false analogies and verbiage attempting to justify the requirement of unification in all multi-faceted conflicts posing society as unresolvable, if we don’t utilize the mentality of “coming-together”. For example, the author states “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.” This statement not only lacks any supportive evidence it jumps to an irrational conclusion on the basis of a radical false assumption. Historically speaking, since the conception of cryptography cases capsize on the government’s illicit use of privacy practices, which were formally exposed and eradicated by independent groups comprising of members no greater than three, that never collaborated with outside parties. In one instance the contributions made by WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange and Army Intelligence Analyst, Bradley Manning, deciphered encrypted material and leaked classified documentation centering around war crimes. Although the most prominent example to illustrate the prior backwards thinking of “requiring-collaboration” would be the case involving Edward Snowden’s files, which successfully showcased the illicit use of corporate/government surveillance via PRISM (surveillance program). An individual no less, successfully dissected and publicly shutdown the framework of government programming while informing the public of its use in corporate products/services. If one were to analyze all other globally dedicated hacktivists groups independently assisting agencies and the public, eradicating terrorism or otherwise unlawful activity, the research would expose that “real change” in society doesn’t always require universal collaboration to obtain the solution.

    1. First, as a blog based in opinion, it doesn’t need substantive source material. Second, anything from a Wiki should be questioned from an academic persepective. And third, the issue at hand is WAY more complicated than this small opinion piece makes it out to be. It was written in response to the extensive re-segregation of our society – which I contend is not for good. While you are absolutely right that universal collaboration is not the only way, extreme segregation never has been (just look at slavery, America’s south in the early 1900s, South Africa, to name a few). As a key fact, one person can ignite a flame of change that spreads like wildfire – no matter whether that change is good or bad. But likely somewhere in the middle is actually where the solution may lie. So long as we have respect and continue to allow dialogues such as these in the world, then we have a chance to create a semblance of almost equality. Let me be frank, I honestly don’t believe true equality is possible at the societal level – at least not in my lifetime. There is too much influence of human nature that gets in the way – guiding us with emotion rather than logic. On the personal level, I will continue to choose to view people as simply people, varied and unique and amazing each in their own right.

      1. I understand and I apologize if you misinterpreted my prior examples since your clearly are referencing an entirely different source “Wiki”, which I agree should be questioned under an academic light. However, “WikiLeaks” is a channel comprised of something different altogether, depicting the exact opposite and should be regarded as legitimate concerning sources or materials referenced. In response to your prior appeal of now stating that “universal collaboration is not the only way”, was my comments sole message and primary stipulation from the article which originally shunned those aspects. However, I’m pleased to read that you’ve now noted this since I find both methodologies either in collaboration efforts or not to both provide benefits given the specific nature to their applied causes. As I have never agreed that extreme segregation is effective to any means and is irrelevant to the prior comment.

      2. We will have to agree to disagree regarding “WikiLeaks”.

        Otherwise, education and discourse regarding any topic is about growth. The purpose of the blogs herein are to explore topics, not state absolutes. The world changes, responses change, opinions change. We have to be willing to be malleable with said life changes. I still take the stance, though, that all lives should be a priority – however we as a society figure it out.

  10. I like your overall outlook on including everyone because all lives do matter and I strongly agree with that. But, on the other hand, people who are for black lives matter points out that in our society today, especially as African Americans, we are more likely than any other race to be brutalized by police and the criminal justice system. Black Americans are in need of immediate attention and that is why people split the two apart. Although all lives do matter, black lives are still separated by the systematic racial stereotyping which plays a big role in mass incarceration and violence. There is a need for change but black lives are getting taken. Of course everyone faces discrimination in one way or another but not ALL lives are being taken by law enforcement, BLACK lives are being taken in the most brutal ways and its appropriate to keep the two separated because the two has different meanings and different perspectives of society as a whole.

    1. You are absolutely right, Ed McGhee. When this was written early on in the movement, the point about brutality was not as prevalent as it has become, even of quite prevalent. I’d like to believe that the world is a good place, or at least an improving place… But then something happens again, leaving me in fear for my black brothers and sisters of the world. Fear is most certainly not a way to live. Also, in the time since I wrote his piece, the founder of the movement wrote a beautiful explanation for “Black Lives Matter,” including how it isn’t meaning to dismiss other groups (especially other oppressed groups). Rather, it is a means by which to call out the world on the increasingly blatant and certainly horrific acts of violence that blacks are facing.

  11. This piece is very well written. I agree with the points you covered. The BLM Movement does bring attention to racial issues that they are facing. However, it seems that some of these protests end in acts of violence or riots. Peaceful protesting is the way to go and I fully support it. But rioting, no matter what the cause or movement is for, is unacceptable.

    1. The BLM Movement is a peaceful one, they are not condoning violence or riots. They’ve even gone so far as to make public statements addressing the fact these people starting violence and riots are not associated with them and don’t understand the message of the movement. It is unfortunate that few individuals can cast a tainted shadow over a much needed movement, but it is sure easy for them to do so when the Media takes their images and twists the stories to make it appear as though the group is violent, when in reality, they are not.

  12. I like this article. I like it because not only it is simple and straightforward. Some would probably read this and say “well duh!”, but that’s the thing, people are missing or choosing to miss what is so simple. I like this article because we are acknowledging change, and when acknowledging change, in this situation, that means there is something wrong. Others may just roll their eyes and sweep the situation under the rug because they may not pertain to this situation which is wrong. They are apart of society. They are the ones that will be living in this situation too. So, with that being said. We all should come together as the first step to acknowledge the problem and find ways to change it. I also believe that it first starts with respect. Respect is not hard to give at all. One does not have to have the same sexual orientation, age, race, religion, or occupation in order to be respected. With that being said once we all start learning to respect others, we will start to see an even bigger than what we were originally achieving for.

  13. I agree to some extent on what you are saying. Real change may not occur with just one group, however this group came together because we all had a common thread; being of a minority group (black) that are constantly targeted by police. The “Black Lives Matter” campaign not only protests police killings of black people however, it also addresses issues of racial profiling and overall inequality in the United States. So, the Black Lives Matter movement isn’t limited to black people only protesting.

  14. I agree, we must all first accept and realize that there is a problem. Then solve the problem so that is no longer continues. Finally, we all need to come together and prevent it from repeating itself. I also agree that we cannot solve a problem by causing another one. Or that these groups are so separate, I don’t have a problem with people representing their own group that they choose but that won’t solve the problem. We need to come together and work together for real change to occur. Living in a ‘bubble’ as you said will not spread awareness or a message. Becoming united as one and accepting one another will influence real change. Discriminating one another for what we believe or represent isn’t doing anything but pushing everyone further apart and that’s the last thing we need right now.

  15. An argument I’ve seen against “All Lives Matter” was that certain groups were seeing “Black Lives Matter” as an attack, or that they only cared about black lives, so saying “All Lives Matter” was just a response to shut them up or put them in the wrong. I believe that, obviously, all lives matter, however as of recently, we see black people being mistreated and even killed by police, and for reasons that should not have resulted in their murder. Not to say that they were innocent, but it seems police are able to kill them anyway and get away with it. How come it seems that when a white criminal in is the same situation, police will give them time to surrender, while with a black criminal they’re killed instantly “just to be safe”. Despite certain instances of rioting and violence, “Black Lives Matter” is a movement to put an end to the unnecessary killing of black people whether they’re guilty of committing a crime or not, and it shouldn’t be seen as a hateful or unfair movement because of those events. Hopefully we can get to a point where “All Lives Matters” movements should be the focus, but for now, black lives need it the most. It’s almost like saying “Cure All Cancers” during Breast Cancer Awareness month. And the way I see it, if you truly believe that All Lives Matter, then you shouldn’t disagree with seeing “Black Lives Matter”.

  16. What if I said, for the sake of argument, that none of our lives matter. When we die, eventually we will be forgotten, like ripples in a pond that disperse, then disappear. We are like specs of dust, on this pebble we call Earth, floating through space, in the vastness of the universe. Human civilization will fall eventually, and the way its going now, probably sooner than later. We’ve already polluted the oceans, and the atmosphere and we’re on a course of total irreversible environmental annihilation. The population is at 7 billion and way beyond capacity. Eventually, the Andromeda galaxy will collide with us and the sun will die out. But, I fear that we will die out because of our greedy nature. People treat each other like its kill or be killed out there, but honestly I can’t blame them. We are a species that has infinite demands, with scarce resources and we put our ego’s above everyone else when it comes down to it. Its like Darwin said. Survival of the fittest. The joke is…..its only a matter of time because NO ONE is immortal. You aren’t important. I’m not important. Everything on this Earth will pass away. If certain skin tones happen to reach whatever is after life faster…are they really losing the battle? I couldn’t tell you because I’m not dead yet (at least, I don’t think I am…). I’m a black male btw………life is hypocrisy. So do what you want, with the time you have left because in the end, it won’t matter anyways. It’s just a hypothesis though. #NoLivesMatterHypotheis

    1. I completely agree with what you say, that human will eventually die out due to our “greedy nature,” because, as you said, we put our own egos and our own priorities ahead of the needs of civilization as whole. Everyone flocks to a story about Kylie Jenner getting a new butt without question, meanwhile human rights crises like the NDAPL or the Flint Michigan water contamination for example are met with challenging viewpoints and often left out of media outlet headlines. It is only a matter of time before humankind falls victim to their own arrogance, however, does that necessarily mean we should adopt a bleak, pessimistic outlook on life and society? It is true that we aren’t immortal and we won’t live forever, but shouldn’t that place an even greater emphasis to make the absolute most we can of the time we’re given? What if Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., or even Albert Einstein had thrown in the towel because they felt the effects of fighting a losing battle and decided their work wouldn’t even matter in the long run. Our world today would be completely different, and probably for the worse. I would argue that we as humans need to take on a personal responsibility to do everything we can in our power to ensure that the world we leave behind for future generations is far and above better than the one we inherited. If not, then social change and progression would not take place.

    2. When I read this my first thought was yes, yes, and yes. No lives do matter when we think of how big the universe is, and how we are destroying our own planet. People have multiples of babies, and can’t meet their children’s needs. It’s awful. But looking at it as a whole we really do need to stand behind all lives matter because we need to live in the now. We have technology beyond our wildest dreams from 100 years ago, and technology will keep advancing. First, we need to fix the society we participate in, and hopefully we will find a way to better our Earth.

      1. Agreed, it truly is a tragedy the effect humans have had on this planet. If you put the time we’ve been here on the timeline of the total existence of Earth (Billions of years), humans have basically been walking around here for half a second, and currently half of the world’s natural rain forests have already been destroyed. There’s severe overpopulation, deforestation, depleting natural resources, a lack of biodiversity, reckless pollution, and the list goes on. I do also believe that we need to put the focus on all of our lives being of great importance, and I believe to do so we as individuals need to set our egos and personal agendas aside for the greater good of civilization. When it really comes down to it, there is only one “race”, the human race. We are all on this same planet, we all experience the same emotions, successes, heartbreaks, etc., we are all just trying to get by and live our lives. Separating ourselves into subcategories to me seems trivial and counterproductive, and just further pushes us away from the action that needs to be taken which is a mass congregating of all people of all walks of life for the greater purpose of bettering our home (Earth) to ensure a better today and subsequently a better tomorrow.

  17. I really appreciate the viewpoint of this article, as it looks to dive deeper into the real issues at hand surrounding social injustices and movements responding to those indecencies, as well as examine possible solutions to the conflicts. I agree with the notion that true change comes about through unification rather than separation, although I don’t fully get behind the statement “the expectation that real change in society will come from groups existing within their own little bubble of social justice.” To me, that’s not what the BLM movement is trying to accomplish. Rather, they are addressing the issues of discrimination, systematic oppression, police brutality & unjust murder, etc, as it pertains to their race in such a fashion as to collectively bring people together to combat the conflict. In my opinion, the movement is designed to foster unity for the sake of basic human rights, not to establish themselves as separate from society. In the end, I believe that you are right in that it all comes down to respect, or lack there of, as one of the core issues of these conflicts. But I would add one more component to that, and say communication is what is also lacking from today’s world. Not only being able to articulate thoughts, feelings, and actions effectively, but also being able to just listen to each other is something that I believe needs to be a main focus of change in today’s society. I feel that in today’s conversations, most people listen to respond, or just wait for their turn to talk, instead of listening to actually understand and recognize the point of view of another individual. The action of actively listening to another’s view and opinion in of itself displays respect, the kind of respect that is required to bring about the unification of all beings to work together to strive for social change and a better tomorrow.

  18. I do have to disagree with some stances on the article. I don’t believe the black lives matter movement is aimed at separating ethnic groups, but rather bringing notice to an important issue. Yes, all lives do matter, but right now, not all lives are at danger just from walking on the street, as black lives are. Its like a child saying that they want world peace, compared to a politician trying to stop the war on terror. In a more clear analogy, its like going to a doctor and asking them to help cure your lung cancer, but instead of helping, he says #allcancermatters. While its not false, he’s definitely downplaying your issues and trying to take the high ground to encompass all the issues, which include things which aren’t currently an issue, like the eye cancer that you don’t even have.

  19. This is probably the single most touchy topic within current politics, especially given recent events. Concerning issues like racial profiling and systematic corruption, there’s rather little that I can personally complain about being a white boy, as I undoubtedly have it the easiest compared to females as well as all other ethnic groups within this country. Regardless though, I do very much understand the viewpoints that many people are so strongly expressing currently, in that despite all the advancements made within politics and social justice in this nation, we still yet seem to resort to stereotyping and branding people into groups, and creating a sharp divide among them. We’re all humans in the end, part of the same species, and yet we still insist on creating divide among ourselves with the justification that certain of us are inherently different from one another. Whether this is between sexes, ethnicity’s or races, it’s all part of the same issue. Quite honestly, I don’t think we will truly ever see an end to this, not until the day comes that humans in general cease to exist, but while we are still in the living, I do feel that we need to do the most possible to at least tolerate and accept each other, rather than oppose and divide ourselves.

    1. I definitely agree that this division between people in society will never go away. It is human nature to hate and have opinions. We all have our own ideas and we sometimes believe our ideas are the right ones. People need to break out of stereotyping each other. We need to look past people’s looks, backgrounds, race, ethnicity, and class. We all need to accept and understand each other. It’s more of just talking, but listening. Issues will never resolve if we don’t all see eye to eye. Do you think when America finally looks a certain way we will all see eye to eye? Looking a certain way meaning how there are so many intercultural marriages, everyone won’t have a distinct race anymore. We will all be mixed. Maybe it will be then that people wont judge by looks.

  20. I think the purpose of “Black Lives Matter” is to inform people of the brutality the African American community is facing. It is not saying that all lives don’t matter but, historically speaking, most people have not had to deal with such hatred. Yes, I agree that one solution is coming to together and unifying ourselves with others, but I also think we should understand the purpose of why “Black Lives Matter” was started in the first place. A lot of people are being discriminated in society today. How do you think it makes someone feel not being able to walk outside of their own home without fear? There are a lot of nasty things being said about people all over, so to me personally the movement should not be taken offensively. It should make us think where the problem started in the first place.

    1. Very true. And it wasn’t that offense was taken at the time, more that it seemed like it was omitting something. When this article was written, they didn’t have a website yet and the true reasoning wasn’t clear. Now, the black lives matter website has some amazing writings about the topic.

  21. I totally agree that all lives matter and what not but I think the major reason that people separate to create change is because they have to. For years, black people have been oppressed even in today’s world where some argue that racist does not exist anymore. The Black Lives Matter movement started because nothing else is working. They separated themselves to bring attention to the things that they themselves are experiencing such as police brutality. Answering someone that says “black lives matter” with “all lives matter” is like one person that’s thirsty drinking the last cup of water while the person minutes away from dying of dehydration sits there. They are both suffering but one needs help more than the other. I agree that as a nation we need to unite and support one another despite our differences but realistically I don’t know if that will ever happen. Right now we should focus on those that need our help the most.

    1. I agree that people are separating themselves to create change. Why blend in when you can stand out? The black lives matter movement is significant because they are protesting against racism. However, the media often portrays it as them just attacking innocent police officers. By this movement, it has put fear in a job where cops feel that they could be attacked at any time. Some thing should change because it is putting a bad reputation on both the movement and police officers. What do you think should happen with the Black Lives Matter movement so that is both peaceful on both sides?

  22. Separation and isolation is what is bringing our country down, acceptance of all races, religions and sexual preferences is the solution, perhaps not realistic, but the solution. On that note however, these different groups must be legal law abiding citizens that respect one another, as well as, the laws and fellow citizens of our country. Protesting and rioting is not a solution, it only evokes more anger and violence. This in turn separates groups even more. Teaching and education of others thoughts and beliefs is is best method of ending discrimination.

    1. I agree that protesting and rioting is not the solution. Sure the marches worked back then, but are they actually working now. I remember watching videos of the marches with Martin Luther King and they did it so respectably. They were dressed in suits and marched hand in hand. It was peaceful and people heard that. Do you think if people marched and protested like that now will make as a big impact as before?

  23. It is true that in order to come together, we must put our differences aside and be united. In order to do this, social inequality must end. Social class and stratification must not even be a topic. We should stop stereotyping and accept people on who they are. Their past should not define who they are. We must be open-minded and listen carefully to other’s opinions so we can understand them better. In order to change society, there shouldn’t be ranks and classifications. We should focus on the person rather than their status. As Mills stated, “Perhaps the most fruitful distinction with which the sociological imagination works is between the personal troubles of milieu’ and the public issues of social structure.” It starts with an individual’s problem that transcends into the community. This could be an individual is affected with an issue, others feel the same way about it, and becomes public. People are then divided with their thoughts and opinions that cause separation in society. It’s about looking past all that and working together to solve issues.

  24. I wholeheartedly agree with what was stated about how groups that are separate often times create problems because it shows we are not working together in the long run. However, when in one of these groups, I feel the mindset is “Us Against The World”. When this is the case, it is hard to join forces with somebody because you can never truly relate to someone else who has encountered something different. I believe us expecting these groups to join seamlessly and look ahead to the bigger picture right away is unrealistic. Although it would be very effective and erase a lot of the issues we face today, I feel it is a task that will only take time and cannot be done without controversy. In a space like this, sometimes it is better to take a step back to take two steps forward. What I mean is that instead of rebutting against the groups that want to help you, embrace them, and then together fight the racist or discriminatory cowards that are on this earth. By coming together for one cause, it only makes the argument and the fight for equality that much more achievable.

    1. I agree that we have to come together for one cause. But first, we need to educate each other what the actual cause and issue is. There are a lot of bandwagons in the world and often times they do it because everyone else is doing it. We need to be better at making people aware on what is actually going on. We can’t just let them be there for the ride, but actually drive with us. We need to guide one another to the right direction. I believe we can achieve it by educating each other. Don’t you think so?

  25. I agree all lives matter. But all racial groups are not experiencing the same amount of police brutality, prejudice, and discrimination that African Americans endure daily. This goes all the way back in history to the segregation we faced. You can’t imply that all groups should come together and fight for the same cause because there will NEVER be true unity. Black Lives Matter was a movement created to shed light on the issues that blacks are facing within their communities. When the police brutally murder a black person the first thing that come out in the media was ” ” ‘was shot by police 15 times, he was a documented gang member who has been in and out of jail x amount of times.’ The movement was created as African Americans way of speaking out about the injustices are taking place within society when it comes to Blacks. I think you were misconstrued in thinking this movement was showing disregard to the lives of other races, when that is far from the case. It is not so easy to come together and I don’t view this as being a separate bubble. If you have not personally been through the discrimination, and police brutality you can’t truly identify with the black lives matter movement. Let one of your family members get gunned down 15+ times by police (although he followed police orders) because he was ‘Black’. Meanwhile he’s lost his life and the police officer gets a slap on the wrist because his dash cam didn’t work and his body cam wasn’t on at the time. This is what we call injustice, this is why Black lives matter exist.

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