I know that there are some on this campus that are unsure what “BLM really means.” Some of you already know what it means.
But before people jump around on ideas and myths of the term, allow me to enlighten or educate you on what you dont know or understand.
Let me show you the history of the term itself and break it down on why, “Black Lives Matter.”
Every time I’m given the opportunity to write a column, I can write about anything that comes to my mind.
I mean it can be anything.
But this time, I am going to use this platform to educate the ignorant or the individuals that assume or make judgement rather than asking.
I am doing this for the sake of my brothers and sisters gunned down by policemen, for the injustice that my black brothers, sisters and I face today, yesterday and many years before. I am speaking out for my ancestors who were brought across the water from Africa to this nation.
I am speaking out for the sake of this college, community and country in hoping that it will get better.
While this column may offend many, I hope that somewhere in your heart you will allow me to speak to you and at least hear me out to what is going on in our nation.
In life there are things we want to see, and then there are the things that we pretend not to see.
“BLM” is a global movement.
It started in 2013 after the shooting of Trayvon Martin. Martin was a 17-year-old black male killed by George Zimmerman in an unarmed altercation in Sanford, Florida.
During the “Zimmerman vs Martin” case, Zimmerman was originally charged for Murder but aquitted because he claimed Self Defense.
The Department of Justice reviewed the case for civil injustice, and no other charges were added because of insufficient evidence.
This sparked a fire within the African-American-village.
As stated per the BLack Lives Matter Website, the goal is “to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.”
When you look at this statement, you can not blame the intentions of it.
African American History did not begin the day we came into the world as the white man did.
Our history began the day when a bunch of slaves including my ancestors, were put on a ship across the Atlantic, leaving their motherland bound to the US.
We missed out on precious opportunities that any human should be able to enjoy.
The looting that was witnessed during the protest were from other intentions that were outside of the main movement.
The Black Lives Matter movement is a non-violent movement.
In Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s, “Other America” speech, he said, “In the final analysis, a riot is the language of the unheard. And what is it that America has failed to hear?”
Well, Dr. King, America has failed to hear the cries of help from the Black community over the past weeks, months, years, centuries, decades.
They had their ears halfway open and halfway closed. Only a little of what you said, they comprehended.
We still have individuals set in their ways, bringing the issues of the past with them to the future, which is hurting America.
We are still working on parts of your dream. We have accomplished some after you passed, but still have ways to go.
The “people” that the constitution claimed were “equal” with the founding fathers, But as we look back in history, that wasn’t the case.
If we were not “them”, then who were we?
They were not talking about the African Americans.
Little did Thomas Jefferson know that his words would come back to bite him.
Today, we are tired of asking people to do what we’ve been trying to get them to do since day one.
We are fed up.
Things are a little better than they were before, but they aren’t as good as things should be. Maybe they are in your world, but as me speaking as a black woman today, I think not.
That’s not what the civil rights leaders, abolitionists, activists worked for.
Of course, there are other black people in other areas of the world dealing with the same issues we are dealing with in the United States.
It would not make sense to protest in just one part of the world, if this is a worldwide issue that has been present since the beginning of our existence.
People forget that it’s not just the U.S. on the planet.
We share the earth with six other continents and 194 other countries.
Other countries are looking at us and modeling everything they do after us.
I could write a book about this movement.
But since I am limited on how much I can say in a column, I hope I at least painted a picture to remove any of the confusion that might have set in from this summer.
Good-willed people have good intentions, but there will always be a rotten apple in the mix.
We can’t let that affect the overall mission, motive, picture or outcome.
As Matthew 5:6 says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled”.
We always have, and we always will, prevail.