Equality For All

Equality for all

Shaun Dawson

Equality for all

Sage Sherburne, Herald Writer

400 years of Black vs. white. 400 years of fighting and dying and losing. No more. “Life is in color, but black and White is more realistic” Samuel Fuller.

Black Lives Matter. Asian Lives Matter. Latin-X Lives Matter. Even Alien Lives Matter. But White Lives? Blue Lives? Look, All lives should matter, but this whole movement started with black lives and it will end with black lives. Somewhere in early 2015 and maybe before that. White people decided it would be fun and beneficial and BETTER if they said their lives mattered way much more than black lives. I mean why not? Their privilege, based on their color alone; they could literally rob a bank or get a way with murder which they have and all they do is get a slap on the wrist.But black people get buried, and forgotten and defaced and dehumanized. While white people get to go on their merry way.Drinking their chai latte and crowned the hero. IT’S NOT FAIR! This phrase “White Lives Matter” started for anti-black lives matter. Black Lives Matter started because of a little boy in 1955 who was caught “whistling” to a white woman behind a store counter. She told her boyfriend or friend and they decided to do something. They beat him to death and hanged him. His family held an open casket for everyone to see what they did to him. His face was mutilated, unrecognizable by anyone. But they did eventually recognize him, by the name of Emmett Till. His death not only started a movement I think years after he died. But his death started the lynching right, which a singer named of Lady Day, one of her more famous songs was about the lynching going on in the 30s or 40s and beyond, the song is called “Strange Fruit”. And the government tried to silence her. But she ended up dying anyway due to her ongoing drug problem. Which is a huge pandemic still, besides the actual pandemic. Even though they hit her with a lot and I mean a lot of lawsuits and legal stuff. And she ended up in jail, a year after maybe she was admitted into the hospital and then died in the 50s. And with all that she is known as a hero, cause she never stopped singing the song about the outrage of hanging black people.

“I cannot breathe” is an apparently simple sentence that is being repeated millions of times these days with a new meaning. With every repetition, it reminds us of thousands of pages in the history of racial discrimination.”
― Oscar Auliq-Ice

Black Lives Matter is a phrase to say we’re here, we matter, and we’re not going anywhere. You may hurt us, and you may kill us. But like in the 60s with the marches. We are going to sing loud and proud. Because saying my life matters is not a crime, is not a bad thing. Just like anyone can say their life matters, because they do. But telling us that their lives matter more than us, is not right. White lives matter is white supremacy. People aren’t held accountable for killing unarmed black men and women. If people like Julius Jones can get the death penalty at 19 and be killed for a crime he didn’t commit. And people like Kyle Ritenhouse who is 18 can get the charges dismissed. Then no one’s safe in the world. Accountability is the only way to save people like Juluis Jones. To protect little black boys who get gunned down for playing with a toy gun like Tamir Rice. To save from abuse from adopted mothers like Devonte Hart.

Our black community has suffered enough. Our black owned businesses are being torn down and defaced. Our schools aren’t even safe. They talk about police reforms, where are they? Reteach police officers how to do things right. But, our black communities are still suffering. Our black children and parents and siblings are still dying. I haven’t heard from one of my older brothers in 3 years, and it’s sad to think that my mind goes straight to police brutality. Sorry won’t help, but it would be nice to have a sincere apology. Say I’m sorry for the hurt I caused, recognise the loss. And do better. Cause at his hearing he recognised the loss and clung to his innocence. And yeti, he’s still in prison, on death row. Waiting for the 18th of this year. The system has failed him, it doesn’t matter that the evidence they had was inclusive. The evidence they had was nothing and we’re waiting for a guy who seems decent enough to say he was wronged. We stand for a pledge and know it by heart when it is part of the problem. It was born from an idea that white people wanted to be the hero.

So, to end this idea that black people are criminals or rapists or drug addicts. One person doesn’t speak for us all. Not all black people are bad. In TV you don’t see us, in tv or film you white wash us: the idea of putting white faces to black faces. The way I see if you want us all to matter, and feel free and equal. You have to include us in the narrative as heroes. You have to start telling the truth, stop hiding the truth behind songs like the national anthem. Or the pledge. Cause they’re not relevant anymore to what narrative we’re trying to set.and start seeing what’s inside, not our. I bet Rachel Howell saw the inside and truly looked inside. She would know he’s innocent. And her grief I know would never go away. But it will get better eventually and she will regret everything she did to this family. One life is not worth the pain she would be causing others. If people like her can just accuse us and assume we’re all alike then what chance does the next generation have. We’re not the enemy, and we need to lead by example. You want lives to matter, then stop doubting black lives and telling them their lives don’t matter. That is a bad example of an old narrative. So, let’s start a new example, with a new narrative. Cause we all do matter. Not just white people.

“In order for slavery to work, in order for us to buy, sell, beat, and trade people like animals, Americans had to completely dehumanize slaves. And whether we directly participated in that or were simply a member of a culture that at one time normalized that behavior, it shaped us. We can’t undo that level of dehumanizing in one or two generations. I believe Black Lives Matter is a movement to rehumanize black citizens. All lives matter, but not all lives need to be pulled back into moral inclusion. Not all people were subjected to the psychological process of demonizing and being made less than human so we could justify the inhumane practice of slavery.”
― Brené Brown, Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone