United States — We have become a culture on edge, fearful of when and where the next tragedy might be perpetrated by some opaque or obscure enemy ‘other’ seeking to inflict maximum harm on innocent lives.
But this abstract, pervasive, and fearanoid trepidation hasn’t been pulled from the blue — in fact, it amounts to little more than governmental propaganda meant to divide the populace and distract from the desire to reform pervasive, systemic issues the State might otherwise solve.
In other words, we live in fear — often of each other and usually devoid of reason — because the State wants it that way. Whatever fingers of blame take aim at various groups aren’t able to point to the corrupt, mendacious government — a construct so formidable, most don’t realize they’re facilitating the State’s divide and conquer methodology.
Perhaps the most timely example of this insidious propaganda surrounds misconceptions about the Black Lives Matter movement — and after the murders of five police officers in Dallas, perpetrated during a perfectly peaceful but emotional rally by Black Lives Matter, those misconceptions must be addressed.
Black Lives Matter isn’t inclusive — I think all lives matter. Isn’t this selfish and divisive?
While the name this activist group chose could be perceived as an exclusive club where others aren’t welcome, this couldn’t be further from the truth. BLM, as the movement is often abbreviated, only wants to level the playing field, and welcomes supporters from any race, creed, religion, gender — anyone — who acknowledges systemic disparities present in the U.S.
Saying black people’s lives matter doesn’t steal the value from lives in any other racial group — rather, the statement begs for black people’s seat at the same table other groups, particularly white people, have ‘enjoyed’ throughout history.
This movement isn’t called Only Black Lives Matter for a reason — it isn’t the message. Black people should not be forced to demand worth — no one should. But biased policing — a point proven to exhaustion — has, over time, caused an intrinsic exigency that they do so, particularly considering the disgusting reactions on display after innocent or unarmed or non-combative black Americans are killed by law enforcement. When Philando Castile and Alton Sterling suffered fatal shootings by police last week, as usual, a rush to dissect their lives commenced — as if the details of a person’s life would somehow negate their right to due process.
White teen Dylan Noble’s family, in glaring contrast, didn’t suffer this post mortem hypercritical analysis of their loved one’s life following his fatal shooting by police — and that’s the disparity perpetrated by the people and perpetuated by the State.
That example, and thousands like it, demonstrate why the group felt compelled to call themselves, to demand, Black Lives Matter — because people, either purposefully or unknowingly, discount the value of those lives.