In response to our silent Black Lives Matter march yesterday in Seattle:
“Seattle Police say they won’t make any big changes due to the protests.” (from Komo News)
I also woke up to a post by someone I respected – and it was in response to a protest that blocked the highway she was on. I am glad she was honest about her annoyance and questioned the efficacy of such protests. Because she said to be on “our side.” And I think she is. Just oblivious, like so many Americans, to the realities of the Black community and other marginalized Americans.
The truth is, I have never been in a protest because I’ve always wondered what if it does anything productive.
But fresh from participating in a protest, engaging this morning in conversations about protests, learning about the arrests in Baton Rouge, hearing from other leaders (like Desiree Adaway) about their views on protests, and then reading this response from the police about the protest yesterday, I’ve come to realize something.
We are way past simply admitting privilege.
We are way past simply saying something about the recent events on our Facebook page while you sort out our hurt feelings and ignorance.
We are way past supporting protests on the sideline.
It’s time for an entire nation to accept and acknowledge the TRUTH: That this nation was founded on the idea that some lives don’t matter. Freedom and justice for some, not all. (Michelle Alexander – writer of the New Jim Crow)
Black Lives Matter has never been just a movement.
It’s been part of an unfinished revolution.
So yes you have been right all along,, you #allivesmatter people.
ALL LIVES DO FUCKING MATTER..
And we are going to interrupt and inconvenience your lives until the systems and institutions in this country reflect that.