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White Lives Matter? Thought All Lives Mattered

by Todd A. Smith

 

 

What Happened to All Lives Matter?


Martin Luther King, Jr. once famously stated, “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”


The aforementioned statement is so profound because most communication is non-verbal.


When the Black Lives Matter movement began after the countless killings of unarmed African-Americans at the hands of some over-zealous police officers, so many non-African-Americans had a problem with the fact that the movement singled out Black lives.


While the slogan Black Lives Matter essentially meant Black lives matter too, many thought the statement was racist and people began saying All Lives Matter, which is obviously true.


Later on the Blue Lives Matter movement began.  But I do not recall the All Lives Matter people complaining about those that singled-out the lives of police officers.


However, I let that slide because I know many police officers and I know how dangerous their jobs can be.


Unfortunately, the next development in the All Lives Matter saga became the new White Lives Matter movement.


Despite the White Lives Matter movement being totally racist, I did not see many non-African-Americans complaining about the White Lives Matter movement being bigoted and divisive like they did for the Black Lives Matter movement.


That silence led me to believe that although people love to say we need to unite across racial lines, it seems as if it is only when Black people speak up for Black people that it is considered divisive.


When many White nationalists “speak up” for White nationalists policy, some of those same non-African-Americans are not as vocal about divisiveness as they are when Black people are speaking out against the oppression of the Black community.


While many people brag that they are not racists and that they have Black friends, if a person condemned the Black Lives Matter movement for being divisive, while ignoring the “divisiveness” of the Blue Lives Matter and White Lives Matter movements then they might be more bigoted than they think they are.


After all, actions speak louder than words.


The Black Lives Matter movement targeted police brutality and the unnecessary killings of unarmed African-Americans by some out-of-control police officers.


For many African-Americans, a traffic stop is seen as a life or death situation.  Therefore, the movement wanted officers to know that Black lives mattered just like every other life.


The Blues Lives Matter movement started because many police officers wonder everyday if they will return home to their loved-ones at night.


Every emergency call or traffic stop could be the end of their life, so the movement wanted people to empathize with their plight as well and rightfully so.


White Lives Matter is simply a racist answer to the realities of the Black plight across the country.


No hate group exists that threatens the lives of White people because of their skin color.


No laws are being considered that would limit the voting rights of White Americans.


And no Native American or African-American stated that they are going to take their country back during President Barack Obama’s eight years in office.


White lives have never been endangered in this country because of a threat from other races.


Unfortunately the truth hurts, and it has been the lives of people of color who have been endangered since Christopher Columbus “discovered” a nation that already existed before he got there.


According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, “White Lives Matter, a racist response to the civil rights movement Black Lives Matter, is a neo-Nazi group that is growing into a movement as more and more White supremacist groups take up its slogans and tactics.”


The definitions of the White Lives Matter and Black Lives Matter movements could not have been stated more clearly than the Southern Poverty Law Center stated it.


Black Lives Matter is a civil rights movement, which aims to protect the rights of the Black community.


White Lives Matter is a neo-Nazi White supremacy group, which aims to maintain White supremacy.


If a person has a problem with Black Lives Matter and not White Lives Matter, it says that they have a problem with the civil rights of Black people but not White supremacy.


And there silence says more than anything.


It does not matter if you do not use the N-word.


It does not matter if you claim to have Black friends.


It does not matter if you do not see color because if you can see racism and not speak out against it, than you must not have a problem with racism.


That is why silence is considered golden because it shines the light on the way people truly feel.

This article was published on Friday 18 August, 2017.
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