Black Lives Matter

Yes. Yes they do.

"When does a statement of fact become a slogan?" "When it becomes associated with a movement."

“When does a statement of fact become a slogan?” “When it becomes associated with a movement.”

As I am a bit slow on the uptake, when I first heard the phrase, “Black lives matter,” my first thought was, “All lives matter.” Yet, somehow it felt wrong when I said it. If all lives matter, then black lives do matter. So, why my immediate dismissal of the phrase?

I have since realized there is a specific movement that has taken this statement of fact as a slogan, as the identity of their movement.

In the ensuing days after the shootings in Dallas, the Black Lives Matter movement was implicitly blamed for the shootings. Former Mayor Giuliani has publicly stated that the movement is racist. And of course we have now had a petition to formally list this group as a terrorist organization in wake of the specific targeting of police officers.

Yet the march in Dallas was organized by Reverend Jeff Hood, who has no apparent ties to that movement and is a white Baptist minister. And so we see how quickly a statement of fact is co-opted and politicized. Perceived power bases attract those seeking power. Lots of angry emotional people are a ready-made power base. And currently there are lots of angry emotional people. In the stampede for power, Truth is also a victim.

And what is the truth? Black lives do matter. Stop saying “All lives matter.” Don’t say “Asian lives matter, white lives matter, black lives matter.” To do so is to tacitly dismiss the idea that black lives matter.

No one has felt the need to state “White lives matter.” But quite apparently someone felt the need to say, “Black Lives Matter.” In response, start saying, “Yes they do.” Own the truth of that statement. Let it seep in. Recognize a plea for help when you hear one. Stand in solidarity with your fellow man. Ignore the politics, don’t be manipulated. It’s a true statement. Recognize it. Respond in love.

 

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4 Responses to Black Lives Matter

  1. Relax... says:

    I see your point, but catchy slogans are the last thing we need, and as most do, this one leaves off 2 words: “as much.” Fetal Lives Matter. Disabled Lives Matter. Straight Lives Matter. Black Lives Matter. Cop Lives Matter. If there is a BLM agenda to hate and even kill cops (or anyone of the wrong color), and there certainly seems to be, then I can no longer own any part of the problem and my ears have turned off, because how is that agenda more valid than the KKK agenda?

    • FraterBovious says:

      You are right, catchy slogans are part of the problem – what makes them part of the problem is that they are marketing, and the purpose of marketing is to influence for gain. Marketing is sophistry, rhetoric’s cousin (or maybe rhetoric’s evil twin). The original intent of studying rhetoric was to learn how to convince people of Truth. People trained in rhetoric would use logic, example, emotion, etc. to argue Truth. But, the same techniques can be used to sway others to your way of thinking for your personal gain. Most of what people call rhetoric today is actually sophistry.

      And so, that is part of the point of this article. We have to take back the truth from the politicized agenda. If in fact the BLM organization has the agenda to kill cops, there is no validity to the organization. But the statement, black lives matter, is still true. I believe the best response to sophistry is to take back the marketing tool and remind everyone of the truth. It is my hope that such a focus on the truth would take the wind out of the sails of those who would callously use truth to build a power base.

  2. Relax... says:

    I myself haven’t cared for policing in a long time, like since Kent State, and that’s coming from an old white girl who’s never been profiled except as a possible jump-er (once — while praying and looking for ducks out on this river’s bridge, thanks to some do-gooder who rode past me 3 times and put in a concern call. Both the cop and I were disgusted. Suffice it to say I suddenly started bringing a camera or binoculars to the bridge.. my sense of freedom was diminished so much by some guessing profiler, I no longer even bother to go there). I know that black guys especially in big cities are profiled and are stopped and vetted for trouble often, whether on foot or driving — and that of late, each such unjust stop based on color risks their very life or limb. The cops are intensively taught and trained to be ready for anything. They are much too ready (obviously). It is a deadly problem that demands resolution and re-training asap. Unless a crime (or a bridge leap) can be seen occurring or is 95%-surely intuited based on definable actions, there is no real need for cops to act. Killing cops right back isn’t the answer to cops killing, and only scares everyone into a greater mutual disrespect and more divisions.

  3. So, I did laugh out loud on the jumper profiling. On another note, fear is the enemy right now isn’t it. I fear a horrific backlash.

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