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#racismstinks Is Not Black Lives Matter

As an anti-racism organization founded by a Black person, the phrase “Black Lives Matter” or the “Black Lives Matter Movement” often becomes a point of discussion. It is easily understandable how or why the confusion can arise; however, it is important for us to draw a clear and visible distinction from the aforementioned movement/phrase and #racismstinks. I believe it is important to first announce that I am Black, and I do believe my life should matter. With that being said, I want to point out that Black Lives Matter as a phrase is 100% accurate; however, Black Lives Matter as a Movement loses at least 50% of that accuracy. I’ll explain why below.

As Black Lives Matter swept the nation, we saw marches, protests, rallies, and demonstrations to address the unjust killing of unarmed Black men, women, and children by police officers and other law enforcement agencies. We agree that the unjust killing of Black people at the hands of law enforcement is a major issue that needs to be addressed. However, it is not lost on me that if I was unjustifiably shot and killed by a white police officer that there would be a march or protest, but if a Black man shot or killed me that there wouldn’t be any demonstrations to address that unjust slaying of my life. Yes, I recognize that a law enforcement officer has a professional duty, a public servant role, with the obligation to protect and serve the public, versus the random Black man in my scenario who doesn’t have that same obligation. However, that inarguable distinction isn’t presented in the movement’s title, “Black Lives Matter.” The demonstrations after unjust police killings represent that the victim’s life, “Black life,” in fact, mattered, so the absence of demonstration inadvertently means the opposite. If the lack of protests, outrage, and demonstrations for Black on Black murder don’t reflect that the victim’s life didn’t matter, then what are we to draw from the absence of marches? What is the missing variable that really “mattered,” if not the life of that Black person?

In the New York Times news article written by Neil MacFarquhar, “Murders Spiked in 2020 in Cities Across the United States,” he reveals from the FBI annual crime report a staggering number of 21,500 homicides during the pandemic year, of those people killed, 9,913 were Black. On September 10, 2020, Li Cohen of CBS News reported 164 Black people killed in 2020 within the first eight months. Newsweek reporter Katherine Fung wrote the article “181 Black People Have Been Killed Since George Floyd’s Death” on April 4, 2021. Combining the numbers from the CBS and Newsweek reports, we get 345 Black people killed by police in 2020 compared to the FBI number of 9,913 Black lives lost by murder; the difference is around 96.5%. Now, I state this not to say that there shouldn’t be protests against police shootings, or to diminish the importance of addressing the very real problem of police shootings of Black people. I point this out to identify to those who don’t comprehend the frustration that the Anti-Black Lives Matter people have with the movement. BLM’s lack of addressing the 96.5% of “Black Lives” that are lost sends a clear message that it is not the loss of Black Life that matters but the manner, individual, or agency to which caused that loss of life. The inarguable title for the movement could have stated: “Black Lives Matter When Killed By A White Police Officer.” 


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Nobody could appropriately argue against that movement because it would have had clear, narrow, and distinct parameters within the remaining 3.5% category of which to judge. Leaving a gaping hole of 96.5% to room to draw valid and critical arguments against the movement. Which has led to mass misinformation and a pr nightmare for BLM. We have seen people violently protest in the name of BLM and then hear that the BLM movement didn’t sanction the violent protest. How does an outsider looking for a place to get involved know what an accurate and true representation of BLM looks like?

Shortly after BLM rose to prominence, ALM or All Lives Matter became a movement solely for stark opposition to BLM. All Lives Matter members would host rallies at the same time BLM rallies were being held and even protest at BLM marches. The tension between the two would sometimes become violent as emotions would rise with angry screams towards each other. Soon to follow came the Blue Lives Matter movement in support of the police. People chose sides, and this drew the clear and distinct lines of division. #racismstinks asks, “How will we reach any understanding if we are creating division?” 

I analyzed the movements to see what was causing the division. We all know that every life is precious and one of a kind, just like our own, so All Lives Matter should have been the movement to bring everyone together to resolve the issues that the country sought to address. So why did it cause more division than bring people of all races together? I reason that because All Lives Matter was created solely to oppose Black Lives Matter, they did not embody a sentiment respectable to the title that they rallied under. Therefore the All Lives Matter movement wasn’t believable, and that’s why they ultimately failed. Instead of combatting BLM and making enemies, if All Lives Matter had partnered with BLM and stayed true to their name, then they could have gotten close to the BLM leadership and structured a partnership. After gaining the proper footing from supporters of both of these separate movements then comes a merger, and finally a full divest from BLM gaining more members and a solid expression with an all-encompassing title to a powerful movement. Due to the disingenuousness of All Lives Matter and the audacious insult to our intelligence the country suffered terribly.

The Blue Lives Matter movement has valid arguments against them as well. One argument is that there are no blue people on planet earth to whom we should care about their lives. Secondly, the dangers to the lives of police officers are a hazard of their own choosing taken by conscious intent knowing the potential dangers of the occupation. Thirdly, the potential dangers a police officer faces are only periodical, relative for the times in active service of the occupational duties. A Black person cannot take a shirt off and relieve themselves from the dangers that come with their outward appearance like a police officer. These gaping holes, false narratives, and incomplete concepts are the reason for such extreme opposition. It is an insult to the intelligence of the person who questions or opposes your argument when you don’t even start with a solid, credible foundation for your argument. No one likes being insulted and especially not to the level of extremes that we have seen these three organizations pursue their narratives. 

At #racismstinks we pride ourselves on respect with clarity of our purpose and values. We present our views for change at the unarguably lowest common denominator. Someone either agrees, yes, racism stinks, or, no, they love the smell of racism in the morning. Either or, but there is no argument. We are not here to convert anyone, pick your side. We can go off and work together, or we go our separate ways. #racismstinks is the educational introduction to anti-racism work for “Aspiring Allies.” Most people who argue against Black Lives Matter don’t identify themselves as racist and agree that there are racial disparities that we need to address. 

Our “People Over Politics” foundational principle is one of our core distinctions from the three “Lives Matter” organizations. We are not a Democratic-aligned nor Republican-aligned organization. Being neither for nor against any political party gives us the leverage of speaking to anyone regardless of whether we have differing views. We can still have a respectful conversation with the hopes that our interaction leads to resolutions for our communities.

We respect the fact that no “one-person” or “one-organization” has all the answers to solving the issues with race relations in our country. We have a deep long rooted complex history concerning race and inequality in our country. Our motto “it takes us all” is the compass for our road map to end racism. We are seeking to amass a large diverse coalition of like-minded people from all political, religions, financial, and educational backgrounds. Our role is to educate and build confident Aspiring Allies. 

We can all agree that the last two years have been some of the most trying times in modern history. With all the economic, social, and political disruptions happening globally, racism has been spotlighted as one of the central components in the majority of these disruptions. We suggest that now, more than ever is the time to align with thoughtful anti-racism work. The very foundation of the United States was built on economic and social racism. No one could reasonably argue that it was not. None of us were born at that time, or put these systems into place, so we don’t bear that blame. However, the legacy of those systems are very much a part of our world today. For context, those who were alive in the 1960’s experienced segregation in one of two ways. That was not very long ago at all. It is time for us as a country to stop pretending our racial issues were resolved when white segregationist “Jim Crow” laws were overturned. It will not be easy for some to face the ugly past and open their eyes to how that past permeates into the issues we struggle with today. For that very reason, we at #racismstinks are committed to walking with those who wish to be Allies through this journey. Together WE WILL change the world. It takes us all.


Together, we will change the world. 

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