In this era of Political Correctness, feigned “colorblindness,” and Black Lives Matter, where no one ever says exactly what they mean until they’re too furious to say anything else, it’s very easy for anyone to jump to conclusions and become defensive. While Bill O’Reilly’s outburst over the very existence of Black Lives Matter isn’t shocking because he’s Bill O’Reilly and angry outbursts are kind of his thing, many perfectly rational (though misinformed) people have his exact same reaction to the Black Lives Matter Movement based on the name alone: “You can’t just say Black Lives Matter! ALL LIVES MATTER!!”
These people don’t stop to consider why there might be a need for such an organization, why Black Lives Matter might need to assert the significance of their existence as their very title, or even why there’s always been a need for similar organizations–the abolitionists, the Freedom Fighters, the Nation of Islam–throughout history. In fact, they conveniently forget that entire chunk of history as soon as race is mentioned. To them, the very assertion of black lives mattering automatically translates into Black Lives Matter More Than Ours.
But the fight for equality does not equate to a fight for exchange. A person wanting to live in safety and peace has nothing to do with them wanting to take over your job or move into your house. Likewise, a person wanting to help make it possible for you to live in safety and peace has nothing to do with them wanting to backseat drive your every effort to do so. Unfortunately, most think otherwise.
Much can be said about American xenophobia. It’s an unfortunate staple of our culture–and it needs to change. The “us vs. them” approach may work on the fields of battle, but at home on these Beloved Streets, we cannot afford it.
Our slogan has nothing to do with defining “the black thing” as “the wrong thing,” or vice versa. In fact, it’s to divorce the concept of “rightness” from any one ethnicity. Doctor Martin Luther King fought for the civil rights of black people, but his cause was not black or white or any other color. It was just right.
Similarly, thanks to American culture , many of the communities Beloved Streets of America seeks to help and uplift are of color, but that does not translate to our cause being any particular color. Justice, compassion, and love do not need colors.
So, be you black, white, golden or rose, let’s all work together to desegregate ourselves and America!
It’s not a black thing; it’s the right thing
Thank You, Beloveds!