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- What does Black Lives Matter (BLM) stand for?
Four years ago, what is now known as the Black Lives Matter Global Network began to organize. It started out as a chapter-based, member-led organization whose mission was to build local power and to intervene when violence was inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. It stands for the black adults and children who live in neighborhoods that are over-policed and many times unfairly policed. It is meant to be the voice of the voiceless and the marginalized in the black community who were being killed by police for non-violent crimes, and sometimes no crime at all.
- Why is there so much violence surrounding some people involved?
Black Lives Matter is a chapter-based organization and is born out a belief that Black people and White people are policed differently. This and so many actions that have happened, creates fear and sometimes in a small percentage of instances that fear creates anger and hate by those BLM chapter members. It is not part of the charter nor is it condoned, but it is an emotional reaction in many ways. Dr. Martin Luther King said that “rioting is the voice of the unheard,” and many times this anger, and oppression creates unneeded violence. Never a justification, only a reason
- Why was Black Lives Matter started?
Black Lives Matter began as a call to action in response to state-sanctioned violence and anti-Black racism. The intention from the very beginning was to connect Black people from all over the world who have a shared desire for justice to act together in their communities. The impetus for that commitment was, and still is, the rampant and deliberate violence inflicted on Black people by the state.
- When you say does Black Lives Matter, does that mean that All Lives don’t matter?
It does not, but it does mean that All Lives cannot matter until Black Lives Matter. Jesus was a historical figure and whether you think of Him as a teach or the Messiah, He was a shepherd. There is a story that he had 100 sheep and one ran away. Jesus left the 99 sheep to go after the one, which for most people see as irrational. The other sheep could have said, “why are you leaving us to go after one sheep.” But Jesus went after him because he knew the 99 were safe but the one was in danger. That is Black Lives, they are in danger and we need to show help, support and compassion to ensure we can say All Lives Matter.