Black lives matter!!!!
But they are not the only group historically oppressed in the US.
It started with Native American Indians and progressed to Blacks
Has dug it’s heels into Hispanics on many occasions (lest we forget things like The Battle of San Jacinto and other historic land grabs and massacres and how they are still used for cheap slave like labor and given little to no rights, like field pickers).
Along the way the Chinese and Italians and even Irish were highly discriminated against.
The Japanese ended up in encampments.
And the welfare and education of poor whites, like in the Appalachians have also historically been deeply disregarded.
I guess all the poor white in “fly over states”.
The shrinking of the middle class by way of job losses, of especially good union jobs, while cost of living sky rockets and homes become far too expensive.*
And even still women
With that me too movement
And wanting to be believed and heard
Plus still arguing about reproductive rights and control over our own bodies
The crushing debt of college and higher learning
I mean I could go on and on
And with even the environment in on the travesty; of being used and abused and seemingly few caring
We have a very long way to go
As a country
As a species
As an entire planet really
So right now we are doing black lives matter
right this moment in the US at least
Other countries are fighting their own battles
Great, I guess
Things need to be addressed
Instead of swept under the rug
Again and again and again
But least we forget there are so many other causes too
That deserve to also be addressed
And that’s where my conflict sets in
So where do I stand?
I don’t have any intention of protesting
Although historically in my life only once did I ever feel compelled to
When we first started war in Afghanistan and I knew we were entering war under false pretenses.
I knew a lot of souldiers would die
And even then I didn’t actually go to one
I couldn’t get off work 🤷🏽♀️**
*And I see the irony of that with the police union and having tried going against a teacher union myself. 🙄🙄🙄
**But the way I ultimately see it….
This is a people problem
We do not treat each other with kindness and regard
We do not treat each other equitably
And with compassion
We do not honor each other
And our different struggles
And help each other out
Because if we did that
IF WE ALL DID THAT
We wouldn’t need a black lives matter protest or any other protest at all really
But until then I guess we need laws to self govern ourselves and the country to “be best” and treat each other with equity. And have consequences when we don’t since some people only barely learn the hard way and others won’t heed without threats. And then too make these laws be enforced equally.
Such is life right now for us stupid humans I suppose and the best we may get at this time. 😒😒😒
Although I have eternal hope for more.