Hey all, I haven’t been here in a while.
Anyway, I had a number of breakthroughs in my personal thinking lately, which when I take a step back, are really just common sense things.
This is about to get political real fast, so if you aren’t interested you can stop reading this and view something else.
I was sad, sad when I found out about the shooting in Minnesota, and even sadder when the retaliation happened in Dallas.
Lately, there has been a lot of talk about #blacklivesmatter, vs #alllivesmatter. And you know what, my stance on the issue, is that they are both correct, and they can both be used incorrectly. My personal litmus test as to whether I support someone/people, is whether their message is being used in an aggressive manner or not.
Let me give you 4 examples
-Someone walking down the street with a #blacklivesmatter shirt is awesome.
-Someone shouting “black lives matter” angrily while protesting, is not awesome. This is not supporting your cause the way you are intending it to. You might be unifying the people who already believe in your cause, but you are separating yourself from those who don’t 100% agree with you. Hell, you are separating yourself from people who just want everyone to be treated equal period.
-Responding to an incident and telling people that you are sad about the Minnesota incident because you believe all lives matter isn’t a bad thing either. It actually is a good thing, it is legitimately being supportive and shouldn’t be taken as an insult.
-Responding to that guy walking down the street wearing the #blacklivesmatter shirt negatively by either dismissing, or being offended by it, is not awesome.
That’s it! It’s simple, if you want to show your support for a cause, do it through constructive means rather than destructive means.