They know, they just don't care.
I’m always one for a good argument. I love hearing other peoples’ sides, and if I can be persuaded to change my mind on something through facts and reasoning, I welcome it wholeheartedly.
But there are some things that just aren’t up for discussion. Some things don’t have more than one side to consider. Some things are non-negotiable.
Racism is one of them.
I’m increasingly shocked at how much pushback there is for change in 2020: how many people are resisting equality; and how many people are in the All Lives Matter camp who have done nothing to prove they believe black lives matter.
As I go through my social media feeds, I see more and more people fighting to explain why Black Lives Matter is important, why it’s not saying that other lives don’t matter, and why racism needs to be dismantled. I see people explaining the movement with analogies, memes, gifs, metaphors. The whole nine yards.
What’s the feedback they get? The same monotonous rebuttals.
I’ve thought to myself, ‘Well maybe they don’t understand how systemic racism works. Maybe they need to be educated. Maybe they haven’t taken the time to hear other peoples’ stories and gain a different perspective.’
But then I realized, they know what this is all about. They know why Kaepernick was kneeling. They know why we are constantly screaming ‘Black Lives Matter’ from the mountain tops.
They just don’t care.
They don’t care that black people are still systemically oppressed. Why? Because it doesn’t affect them. And if they were to say, “Black Lives Matter” and join in on the fight now, then they would have to admit that black lives DIDN’T matter and HAVEN’T mattered. And a lot of people aren’t ready to come to terms with that level of guilt and responsibility, even if their about-face would be welcomed.
They don’t care that police brutality is an issue plaguing this country because they “know a good cop” and “people should just comply”. The argument that a few bad apples is not enough to taint an entire police force is one that is overused and incorrect. And in Chris Rock’s words, some jobs can’t have a few bad apples. Any job that requires you to protect and serve the people in your community, can’t leave room for anyone to be bad.
They don’t care that the scale tips in favor of white people because the very thought of losing any power and privilege would mean admitting you had it in the first place.
They don’t care that the narrative surrounding the very existence of black people is one based in lies, stereotypes, fear and one of necessity. It’s necessary to keep this narrative in tact. Otherwise, we would all be equal, right?
They don't care. Because all lives, to them, don’t really matter.