I recently Facebooked some thoughts on the #AllLivesMatter, etc. It's tough to be funny when there's real crap going on in the world. But here's my take:
I just figured out what the problem is with all the "whose lives matter" stuff.
Everyone really just wants to hashtag #MyLifeMatters but can't, so we find a group we most associate with, point fingers at the group that resents that, argue and then delete people over a post about a crime or reaction many of us are not directly associated with, and then go back to finding new fights.
The truth is #BlackLivesMatter is important, because up until 1964 America didn't think so. And let's be honest, the idea that "civil rights were like 50 years ago, get over it, move on" is like telling a person, "your husband died 20 years ago, get over it, move on." It's insensitive and doesn't acknowledge the current issues at hand.
The truth is #BlueLivesMatter because this group has to maintain societal order. They have to protect all lives, and those who go out of their way to harm them are no different than an officer who steps out of bounds as well.
The truth is #AllLivesMatter simplifies an issue by saying we all have the same problems. We don't. White people in the suburbs just don't have the same problems. Of course all lives matter. We are all made in the image and likeness of God. But I'm short and fat and single. I face different kinds of discrimination. We all do. If I started #FatLivesMatter it might be to bring up bullying or healthcare rights.
You can't deconstruct a binary opposition every time. Sometimes we must agree with an incomplete point.
Keep in mind, even God had a chosen people. Even God decided one set of lives would be set free over other lives. God thought #HebrewLivesMatter when he sunk the Egyptians. That didn't mean he didn't love other nations. He just got around to them later because everything must have a process. To everything there is a season.
But the first step to #AllLivesMatter is to accept that #BlackLivesMatter and see how their struggle can be changed and rectified and then move on down the list until we recognize we are all in this together, but our struggles, goals, and identifications are different.
There. I won't be commenting, but feel free to write how I'm wrong because I didn't defend my group. #NeitherJewNorGreek #YourLifeMattersToMe
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