We, as women, find some of our best representation for the feminist movement, is when men get involved and acknowledge us and our movement. It gives validity to our cause because even those NOT suffering, see we suffer.
So, why, as white people, are we not stepping up more to give value to and acknowledge the fact that black people are, in general, under-valued in society? Is it because we read #OnlyBlackLivesMatter
when seeing the #BlackLivesMatter
tag?? Or is it something more sinister?
We shouldn't HAVE to point out that it is to be taken as #BlackLivesMatterToo
But if that's what it takes to get more backing and give validity and acknowledgement to this cause, then here it is.
Let's just change it up a bit, I'm going to change the feminist movement for myself:#WomensRightsMatter
Now- how did you read that? Does it read properly? I'm betting it did not leave as bitter a taste in your mouth like #BlackLivesMatter
does, am I correct?
If you felt, AT ALL (even the tiniest bit), less offended by #WomensRightsMatter
, then it proves that #BlackLivesMatter
has a completely valid point that, in general, people look at black people differently. Think about that. Really think about it. Don't read the words, understand what I'm saying. You felt more upset that black people want to matter as much as you matter. But after everything women have gone through for equal rights, you've realized that they matter too. Yet, somehow, black people haven't made that impression yet.
Women's rights was long fought and used to leave that bitter taste in the mouths of MANY men. But look at us now.
This is our turning point. This is where we realize what is really happening and that we NEED TO FIX IT. I don't think people were intent on being hurtful when replying #AllLivesMatter
. I think they just didn't understand what is really happening. You have a sample bias here: "it's not happening to me, so it must not be happening" or "I'm not doing it so I doubt anyone else is doing it" (it meaning devaluing The lives of black people).
BUT IT IS HAPPENING. And we need to step up and show that we give validity to this movement. Because if we continue to dismiss it without fixing anything, we are only perpetuating the problem and causing more lives to be lost. And when I say lost, I don't just mean to death, but to poverty, poor education, and everything else we do to lower the status of black people in society.