White friend, we need to talk.
Last year I joined millions of people in loudly declaring that Black Lives Matter.
You replied that All Lives Matter.
I tried to tell you that wasn’t really the point; that sometimes when groups of people are being systemically victimized and perpetually treated as less-than, that these lives need to be specifically affirmed by those with privilege, until their value is as much as a given as anyone else’s. Equality that excludes some—simply isn’t equality.
I tried to tell you that White lives and Blue lives have never notmattered, and so this reply was unnecessary, and given the grievous injustices people of color have historically faced in this country—coming from you it was particularly destructive, particularly painful. It was the adding of insult to terrible injury.
Eventually we reached an impasse in the disagreement, and though I was skeptical, I walked away holding out the faintest of hopes that you really did believe that; that equality was the desire of your heart, that every person did have the same inherent worth in your eyes—that all people really did matter to you.
Then we had an election.
And ever since then, I’ve been watching you.
I’ve seen you applauding the building of a wall to exclude our Mexican neighbors, and the dispatching of law enforcement teams to immediately expel undocumented residents—their families be damned.I’ve witnessed your elation as refugees were turned away at airports, knowing the horror they are fleeing from and the desperation they live with as their everyday.I’ve noticed your conspicuous silence as vandalism and threat visited mosques and Jewish day schools and Planned Parenthood clinics.I’ve seen you amen-ing the cutting of school lunch programs and education initiatives for adolescent girls in developing countries.I’ve noted you offering little pushback as white supremacists like Steve Bannon and Jeff Sessions were given carte blanche in the highest levels of our Government.I’ve watched you celebrating legislation allowing the LGBTQ community to be discriminated against, even knowing the exponentially higher rate of suicide within these communities and the harassment they already experience.I’ve seen you jubilant at the prospect of 24 million people losing healthcare; the sick and the already vulnerable, sexual assault victims, the mentally ill, women.
Honestly friend, it doesn’t seem that all lives really matter to you.
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