Welcome Back Kids, I hope all is well with you today. In this post, I won’t be talking about a personal finance topic but instead I wanted to devote this post to what is happening with the protests. We live in a globalized environment where we can pick up the phone and call anyone from around the world within seconds, we can be in other countries in as little as a day depending on where you are from, and we live in a world where we coexist with people that are originally from a different part of the world than we are. I am trying to understand how someone can be racist and judge someone from the color of their skin; I really am trying to understand but there is absolutely no good reason for this. Racism should not exist period, end of story. Sadly, it’s all around us whether we want to realize this or not. How can people devalue a human life just because their skin color is darker than ours? How can people automatically come to the conclusion that someone is a “thug” just because the color of their skin? How can people think that another human life is less valuable than theirs simply because of the other HUMAN’s darker skin color? There are so many questions like this that pop into my head, and I can’t come to a reasonable motive as to WHY people are racist and hate Black Lives. People of Color are precious humans and, as such, deserve to be treated with dignity, respect, and care; however, we live in a society that promotes none of these things. Our society today places a higher value on white lives than Black Lives in nearly every aspect of our system, and this is something that needs to stop; we need to ACTUALLY promote equality. We need to ACTUALLY give Black Lives the chance that a lot of other people get, we need to give them the same opportunities to be great as other kids get, we need to build them up instead of tear them down like most people do. We, as a world, can achieve so many great things if we all worked together and if all lives mattered but we can’t do this until all lives matter. I have a question for you all: how can all lives matter if Black Lives don’t? All lives won’t matter unless Black Lives start mattering, until Black Lives are treated equally as their white counterparts, until they can go in the store and not get dirty looks, and until law enforcement can stop treating them with more force than their white counterparts. People need to do better; we need to do better. I live in America where we are “promised” life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and this is mostly true…but only for white people. Black Lives, on the other hand, are constantly being pursued by inequality, and they have people constantly trying to take away their life and liberty; this is not the “American Dream” people always rage about. Black Lives need equal opportunity for this “American Dream” and they need it now. This is what the protests are about; it’s about Black Lives being treated differently by different sectors such as police, doctors, government officials, coworkers, hospitality workers, restaurant workers, etc. George Floyd, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Ahmaud Arbery, Brianna Taylor, Kendrick Johnson, and many other Black Lives that didn’t make the news. The Black Lives listed above were robbed of the “American Dream” because people treated them differently at all levels of our system. There are white lives that shoot up schools, movie theatres, social events, and more and are treated better than Black Lives who didn’t do anything but breathe.
People need to realize that the “thug” they are judging might be either a doctor, a lawyer, a scientist, a musician, an artist, a business owner, a missionary preaching the word of God and Love, an individual that works for a good company, or an individual who is trying to become a better person and grow. The Black Life you see as a “thug” is most likely my friend. My Black Brothers and Sisters are in all of the fields above but besides that, they are some of the most kindhearted, funny, inspiring, hard-working, and intelligent individuals that I’ve ever met. They inspire me to do better and to be better and educate me when my knowledge falls short on some certain topics. If I introduce you to my friends, they will likely inspire you, motivate you, build you up, and at the end, make you laugh till your stomach hurts.
I wanted to add that I care about everyone regardless of color, ethnicity, gender preference, age, sexual preference. If you treat me with respect, I treat you with respect, regardless of the attributes I listed above. I pray that we progress into becoming a more inclusive society regardless of the attributes I listed above; the world would be a better place.