The Meaning of "Black Lives Matters"

This generation and my generation haven't experienced segregation. We haven't been denied the right to vote. However, as a black person, I have experienced racism by other races. Racism is hatred. You are singled out because of the color of your sin and not by the content of your character. Racism hurts emotionally. Your question is: what have I done wrong?

The Black Lives Matter movement should be considered by all Americans. It is recognizing that black lives matter. We should recognize the effects of hundreds of years of discrimination and segregation. We should challenge the government, police forces, criminal justice system, corporations, and school systems to constantly examine their policies and to promote diversity and ban discrimination and segregation. This must be part of police training. The U.S. Justice Department recently announced that more than 33,000 federal agents and prosecutors will receive training aimed at preventing unconscious bias from influencing their law enforcement decisions. This is a start.

During the civil rights movement, white students joined the Freedom Rides, marched on Washington, spoke out against injustice, and locked arms with black men and women to demand change. In these troubling times, each of us should think about how we can effect change in all of our communities and work to make it happen. It is time to speak out against the politics of hatred and policies that divide us. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said: "The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people."

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