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Why do we have to say that Black lives matter?

Why is it even necessary to make a statement that any life matters?

I can’t imagine that anyone of us were born in any society thinking that someone’s life doesn’t matter

That just isn’t natural for us to think or believe as humans that a person’s life has no value, that a person’s life has no significance, that a person’s life doesn’t matter.

So how is it that in this society, we have to hold up signs and wear t-shirts and have protests and make songs and scream and cry and beg and declare that black lives matter?

 

Have you ever stopped to think why it’s even necessary for us to say that?

See, in this society, we’re not trained to think that black lives matter. We are not trained that black people have significance or have value, are important or have meaning. We’ve not even trained to think that we are a civil part of this society. As white people, you are trained to think that black people are dangerous, that black people are criminals, black people are ignorant, black people are not significant, black people are not educated, black people don’t matter. Maybe black lives matter, but they don’t matter as much as you do, they don't matter as much as white people do.

 

My children don’t matter as much as white children do, black men don’t matter as much as white men do, like black women, mothers don’t matter as much as white women and mothers do.

 

You are trained to think that from the time you are born in this society, everything teaches you that black people in this society have less value. 

 

So I understand your ignorance and I understand why you have to say that all lives matter. But you know what? George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Stephon clark, Botham Jean, Philandro Castille, Alton Sterling, Michelle Cusseaux...all of their families will tell you that they are significant, they matter, they were important. They had value, they were somebody. They are black people and their lives mattered, Their children’s lives matter, their mother’s lives matter, their fathers’ lives, their brothers and sisters, their uncles, their nieces and nephews, their lives matter. Freddy Gray, his life mattered. Eric Garner, Akai Gurley, Gabriella Navarez, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Tanisha Anderson...and millions more, their lives matter.

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12th & Pine

12th and Pine is a project by Marshall Law Band that includes an album, a graphic novel and a documentary. Produced by Jack Endino, the album is a secular sermon that delivers a visceral punch. A product of this time in Seattle, Marshall Law Band's new project is the next step in the revolutionary ideal for human rights and social justice set forth by civil rights leaders including Dr. Samuel B. McKinney from Mount Zion Baptist Church who brought Dr Martin Luther King Jr to Seattle in 1961.

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