At LifOpps, we believe that Black Lives Matter (BLM) is a global mission that will ultimately elevate all humans. It begins first with inquiring and assessing the movement from a personal perspective before addressing the centuries-old societal issues. When we manage how we perceive others within ourselves first, we can begin to change our community and national narrative.
One way to look at BLM is if you are a parent with more than one child. Children tend to compete for attention. When you love or express love for one child, does it mean you love your other child any less? We are all one human race, and science shows that 99.9% of our DNA or genetics are identical. We are from one humanity.
A quote from Franklin D. Roosevelt seems so appropriate today “… the only thing we have to fear is fear itself – nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror.” Our fear continues to paralyze our efforts to make peace with ourselves and create justice for all.
By focusing on BLM, we are in no way minimizing any other race or any other human being. We aspire to a higher level of equality with all on board. One child going up does not mean the other goes down. We do not wish to minimize the prejudice, inequity, violence, or awful things experienced by other races and many humans.
As a personal and societal issue, we must acknowledge that many don’t have the same experiences. But Blacks have not been treated equitably on the same level as whites. We must accept and recognize it.
Only after we acknowledge it within ourselves can we take positive actions. Those actions must improve our society, business culture, legal process, police practices, justice enforcement systems, and political legislations for Blacks. And that has to occur as quickly as possible.
One immediate step each of us can take is to recognize that it is no longer okay just to be a non-racist. That is not enough. We must be anti-racist! We must speak up and proactively act when the opportunities present themselves. Unfortunately, history has repeatedly demonstrated that when non-racists are quiet, it allows the racist fears and views to expand, becoming louder and more powerful. The racist teachings, customs, and laws continue to be accepted and followed.
When Blacks are genuinely treated as equals in our society, all of humanity will benefit. This will make our human experience more powerful, fulfilling and we will accomplish so much more.
There is much work to be done on BLM and many other human rights issues. This massive shift in our society to advance the Black Lives Matter movement will bring our human race and siblings together.