Im a White, Middle-Class American& Heres Why I Changed My Mind About #BlackLivesMatter

“One of the things that has gotten this country where its at is that we adopt ignorant and uninformed stances.”

#BlackLivesMatter is racist toward all other races.

Anything that singles out just one race is segregation and isnt cool.

Equality starts with treating everyone the same, not separating them with hashtags.

These were my thoughts in the very beginning of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. But as I woke up this morning, I cant help but feel that maybe my good-intentioned thoughts and hopes of fighting racism for all were misguided at best, wrong at worst.

I realized the difference when I started to think about my dad and all hes been through. My dad, aka my hero, was diagnosed with and beat cancer. To me, beating cancer matters. Saying that doesnt mean I think beating other deadly diseases doesn’tmatter; it just means I love my dad, and his battle is important. #AllLivesMatter is like someone walking up to my dad after a round of radiation and saying you know breast cancer patients matter too. #AllLivesMatter has taken a very specific form of racism toward the black community and made it about myself.

One of the things that has gotten this country where its at is that we adopt ignorant and uninformed stances. Our fear of being wrong paralyzes our potential to correct our beliefs and apologize.

This will not be me. I want to be a part of the change that America needs in order to start healing so here it goes:

I thought #BlackLivesMatter was only perpetuating the problem and I was wrong. I was ignorant in my stance and didnt fully think it through. Now that I have, I want to apologize to the black community and want them to know that I believe that #BlackLivesMatter.

Of course I believe all lives matter but all lives arent being murdered at traffic stops with multiple gunshots or being killed in parks while sitting at a park bench.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

Martin Luther King Jr. said those words in the middle of facing the worst oppression the black community has ever faced. We need to take those powerful words seriously. Killing cops won’t stop racism, cops being given favorable sentencing in these murder cases won’t stop racism, the government won’t stop racism.

Its on us, the people.

Be informed, be compassionate, then be loud. #BlackLivesMatter

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