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Black Lives Matter?

So, I will be fully transparent with admitting that initially, I didn't understand what it meant. I have never first hand experienced racism and I felt that a lot of people throw the "Racist" card as a blanket statement as to why they were treated differently. I am told that it is because I am "lighter-skinned"......I don't believe that. I was not always this skin color. It is as a result of severe anemia and the fact that I avoid the sun at all costs. So tell me, what does it mean? I feel that news really isn't even news anymore. It's as if our sources are whoever happens to have their phone out to capture the events. And even though it may seem that we see the injustice.....or do we? I still do not know how I feel as far as the movement of Black Lives Matter. I watched a few FB Lives of the peaceful protests. I am proud that some of the protests did not result in violence but allowed voices to be heard. I remember that night, I stayed up until almost 2:00 am, watching and observing as if my people were out there...I wanted to make sure that everyone was safe and that there was not any violence and it appeared that it wasn't so I went to sleep. I woke up the next day and I'LL BE DAMNED....there were riots, businesses were vandalized and looted, people were hurt, business owners upset because they barely made it from the stay at home orders that happened a few days prior preventing them from being open, but now this. Initially, I was like WTF, but then out of nowhere I noticed how so many people were more upset about the property and the city being damaged than the injustice of the innocent (until proven guilty) people who were viewed as a threat and killed. For a moment, I saw what everyone felt. Then...It quickly went away. What I saw was Black vs White, Cops vs Anti-Cop, Republicans vs Democrats, and it reminded me of the Bible verse, Luke 12:53 (They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and a daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.) I was flooded with emails from companies who were taking actions to "Stand for Equality", I scoffed at the attempt to make sure they got their brownie points and didn't miss out on the Black Dollar. My white friends were either doing one or the other....they were making a point to show that they are not racist and that they empathized with their black sisters and brothers, or they defended the fact that their beliefs have nothing to do with race. Then the thing I saw that really irked me is that people were actually calling out those who remained to be silent. SMH I think that the way that things are right now is completely out of hand. Everyone is talking.....but is anyone listening?

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