This post might be a long one, but I encourage you to read the whole thing before you respond.
Over the past weeks, we have seen protests, riots, looting, and destruction. I've seen people arguing over who is right and who is wrong. How much of it is from people trying to get a point across and how much of it is from people just wanting to further cause division and violence.
I'm not here to debate those points.
What I am here to say is that regardless of how you feel about what is happening right now, there is a reason that it is happening.
I have broken a few bones in my life, particularly my left arm, and I can tell you from experience when a part of your body is badly injured, it affects the rest of your body. When I snapped both bones in my left arm, it didn't just hurt at the site of the break, it felt like it hurt all over.
This is what is happening right now.
I was raised that we are all part of the same body. We may look different and come from different backgrounds but we are all connected.
Right now part of our body is hurting, and when part of our body is hurting it we all feel it.
I will be the first to admit that I haven't always understood #blacklivesmatter . I will be the first to admit that my reaction was first "well don't all lives matter?". Yes, they do, all lives matter. But when I was taken to the emergency room with 2 broken bones in my arm, the doctor didn't focus on my feet. He didn't say "all your body parts matter". He focused on the issue at hand.
So don't get it wrong when some says #blacklivesmatter. They are not saying any other life is less important, instead, they are trying to bring attention to specific problems they are facing.
I will also admit that I was naive about racism in my younger years. I was raised by a father that always taught me to look a man in the eye, shake his hand, and show him respect regardless of his skin color. I was raised by a mother who never thought differently of my black friends when they would come over to the house. I just assumed everyone was raised this way.
But as I got older I realized this was not the case. Sure we were not seeing the same level of blatant racism we learned about