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Texas Southern University Motion of the Ocean

“FELLOW WHITE PEOPLE:
Please understand this status for what it is, and that is a desperate plea coming from a fellow white person. The black community is in pain. There have been multiple killings of African Amercan men by police officers in the last week alone. Please, PLEASE take a second to listen to and validate that pain and anger as real and warranted instead of allowing yourself to become defensive and allowing that defensiveness to manifest itself in anger and hate, and allowing that hate to just make you roll your eyes, say, “Here we go again,” and tell people around you to shut up. We are talking about HUMAN LIVES. DEAD. Saying, “Black lives matter,” at least from most people, is in no way intended to suggest that all lives do NOT matter. That white lives do not matter. That POLICE lives do not matter. But the actions and attitudes of culture at large do not now and have not seemed to question the value of ALL lives. But multiple killings in one week that, if trends continue, will more than likely be excused and more than likely be ignored by most, is what is communicating a cultural message that the loss of BLACK lives in BULK is really not a thing to break a sweat over. That BLACK lives really don’t matter all that much, or at least not enough to get worked up about, now do they? This is what is driving an entire community to feel forced to scream so their voices are heard that black lives DO matter, JUST as much as ALL lives. I work with kids in Englewood, and the past couple years have left me increasingly worried that one of MY students, one of the black young men or women that I work with and have come to cherish and love, will join the ranks of these black lives lost some day. As white people, we don’t understand that kind of fear for the most part. PLEASE understand that no one is saying that YOU personally killed someone as a white person, that most people are not saying that all police officers are evil, or that all lives do NOT matter. But this trend has to stop. Black lives DO matter. I sincerely hope all of my white brothers and sisters can acknowledge that. This movement is about more than a few isolated incidents. It’s about a culture that has been bred to place low regard on black lives. As white people, we have a choice as to how we respond, but let us please listen carefully before invalidating all the pain and fear of our black brothers and sisters. This should not be viewed as a problem just for black people. It should be viewed as a problem for humanity.“ - Joshua Adam Larson

BLACK LIVES MATTER

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