My little town had a peaceful protest yesterday. So many people gathered to walk through the town with signs full of encouraging words and words filled with hurt. They all meant well, they all wanted their voices heard, and they were all showing their support of the black citizens of America. There was no hate, just people peacefully walking through town.
Photos of this protest were shared on our town’s Facebook page. I was expecting supportive words when I clicked on the comments section, but what I found was heinous. I had no idea I lived among so many horribly racist people.
When people shout Black Lives Matter or when they write it on shirts and poster boards, they are not saying ONLY Black Lives Matter. They are asking for us to step up and support them in a country that treats them like less than. Because their lives matter.
I’m speaking for those who are being shushed right now, those who are met with a loud angry “ALL LIVES MATTER!!!” when all they are asking for is to be treated like humans, those who aren’t being taken seriously, those whose voice apparently means very little in a country that has proven time and time again they don’t care.
I have stayed silent, I have witnessed my friends teach their children how to respond and react because they are black, I have not said a word. But I’m sick of this, I’m sick of seeing fellow Christian’s scream All Lives Matter. I am sick of a country filled with racist hate filled bigots. I am so tired of people claiming to follow Jesus, yet not acting anything like Him. It’s ridiculous.
Jeremiah 22:3 This is what the LORD says: Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of the oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place.
Proverbs 31:8-9 Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.
Jeremiah 22:17 But you have eyes and heart only for your dishonest gain, for shedding innocent blood, and for practicing oppression and violence.
Galatians 6:1-3 Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ’s law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived.