Monday’s post of reasons why Black Lives Matter received very high readership. I want to continue for the next few days reflecting on some of those points and how love can make bridges for us. Let’s consider the itms on that list again that ask us to consider systemic and institutional racism:
Why at this time must it be “Black lives matter” and not the refrain “All lives matter?”
- Because African Americans are uniquely discriminated against and their lives are uniquely endangered.
- Because young African American men are uniquely at risk of death every time they encounter the police.
- Because the cards are still uniquely stacked against African Americans in this society, and they continue to be uniquely disadvantaged by past and present social, economic, and legal discrimination.
- Because institutional racism and entrenched white privilege are in a far greater position to do harm to African Americans than African Americans are to do harm to white Americans.
I cannot offer a better reflection on these forms of systemic and institutional racism than this very well done educational video. It deserves 6 minutes of our time and much more for our reflection. Bob Patrick