Let's not play the 1-Up game, please.
I know it's easy to hear someone's complaint, and say, "Yeah, I know, but you know what's worse?!" It's almost human nature to want to 1-up everyone with other things that you consider worse or more prevelant. But having ten issues doesn't negate that all ten issues still need to be dealt with, and that that all issues don't always get ironed out in the order you want. Look at the history of African-American rights in America verses women's rights. Women's rights were always behind black male rights. Both were issues, but they didn't get resolved all at the same time. That doesn't mean one was more important than the other, they were both equally important and both equally needed to be dealt with, but it all depends on the current trends of what issues get pushed to the forefront. Is there black on black crime?
Yes. Does that upset me, too? Yes.Is there black on white crime?
Yes. Does that upset me, too? Yes.
As a matter of fact, all violence upsets me. But generally I make a point with the internet of not engaging or posting about politics, religion and other touchy subjects, because it brings out the worst in people behind screens. If you scan my Google+ profile, you'll discover this is literally the first post I've ever made about #BlackLivesMatter
period. But sitting back and seeing it time and time again, and knowing what I've seen in my short existence, I felt compelled (if only once), to say something.
At an open mic last week, an older gentleman made the statement that he wished we would try to see the similarities in each other more often instead of always looking for the things that set us apart. And it's true, that would help a lot with the attitudes of some.
But in the end, and I know I sound like a hippy for saying it, but if we'd all just learn to love others beyond our immediate circle and care for their wellbeing a little more, we could see the hurt others go through and care and hope that they find a place someday where the burden could be lifted. This isn't just a political issue, these are real people. And real people are dying. And real people are suffering. I don't care what color your skin is or your religion or politics, nobody deserves to be murdered. Period.Let us all think more positively.