Please don’t misread or misinterpret the intent of this brief article. I have not yet formulated an opinion on the Black Lives Matter movement. I have no desire to make a political statement. Continue reading . . .
Please don’t misread or misinterpret the intent of this brief article. I have not yet formulated an opinion on the Black Lives Matter movement. I have no desire to make a political statement. I’m not sufficiently informed about the people behind this movement to understand their motivation or goals. It is not my intent to comment on the deaths of the individual in St. Paul, Minnesota, or the man in Louisiana. Nor do I wish to say anything about the deaths of the five policemen in Dallas. Of course, I will say that all these deaths are tragedies of the highest order and my deepest sympathies are with the families of each man.
So what is this post about? It’s simply about the statement, Black Lives Matter. I’ve watched numerous TV news broadcasts and read countless newspaper and blog articles where people, most often white, have responded by saying: “Yes, black lives matter. But white lives matter too. So also do all lives.” I hope all of us would agree that all lives matter, be they lives in the womb of unborn babies or the lives of officers who patrol and protect our neighborhoods or lives of the inner-city teen-ager or the lives of the elderly. But all that is to miss the point. So let me make my point.
My point is directed to white people such as myself, people who simply do not know what it is like to be black in America. If you are white and you do not recognize the reality of “white privilege” then you are either ignorant, naïve, horribly insensitive, or arrogant and uncaring. But again, my point isn’t primarily about white privilege, but the latter does bear directly on what I wan