I have since come to the understanding that the phrase or hashtag, “All Lives Matter” is considered distasteful and using it in Friday’s paper was hurtful to some. In my simple mind, yes, I admit, I have a simple mind, when I put that hashtag on the front of the paper, it was right after I finished writing the story on the prayer gathering. As I am with so many events that I cover across the county, I was glad to attend the gathering. I was hoping for a day when everyone would truly matter. I hope for a day when we are “all in this together” and everyone will matter. I want to live in a world where there’s no racism, bigotry, violence, or social disorder.
For weeks now the heading “We Are All in This Together” has been on the front page of the paper and there’s been nothing said about that. In my simple mind, I thought both slogans meant essentially the same thing. There was no intention on my part to discredit or lessen the importance of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Quite frankly, I was almost afraid to use the hashtag, “Black Lives Matter” for fear of the hateful people coming out of the woodwork and accusing the paper of being too liberal. This has happened on numerous occasions. I tried to stay in the middle of the road and please everyone. That didn’t happen. In retrospect, it’s only in my simple mind that this even happens.
My heart and soul sings to see so many people continuing to protest the injustice that has been done to a race of people for hundreds of years. It’s unfathomable to me that racial injustice is still prevalent in 2020. Yes, racism does exist, I state it’s so loud and clear and it has to stop.
What I do believe needs to happen, however, is that people need to have a little more empathy and understanding. There are times that a person may not understand or realize that something is distasteful. We all come from different places and see things through different sets of eyes. Many of us have simple minds and just want simple things like love, understanding and togetherness.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could open a dialog and try to understand each other more? Diversity needs to be respected and cherished. We all have so much we can bring to the table if we could just play nice and get along.
The past few months have been a whirlwind of absolute, complete upheaval. COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on our lives. Things are likely never going to be the same again. This pandemic has brought with it a great deal of fear and distrust. People are on edge and many are trigger quick to react. This virus has also managed to lay bare a great deal of discord in our country which includes racial inequality. The time was made ripe for another social change.
Then came George Floyd who shined a great light on something that’s been going on for hundreds of years. Of course, it hasn’t just happened to George Floyd. There’s so many other men and women of color who have faced racial injustice and violence. In this instance, it was what happened to Floyd that has really sparked this movement. At least as far as I with my simple mind sees it.
There’s no question in my mind now, nor has there ever been, that #Blacklivesmatter.