The racial divide in the US is perpetuated by misunderstanding and fear. The Black Lives Matter movement is not trying to minimize the importance of other lives, but to draw attention to the divide between white and black citizens in America. The movement’s goal is not to create violence, but to show that there is a problem.
While white privilege does exist, it does not mean that there are no struggles for white people. It means that the deck is stacked against black people and minorities, who are are discriminated against and made to feel that they are less important, more violent, less successful, and so on.
A common misconception in the tense discussions taking place online and, hopefully, in real life, is that if you are white and you are not actively racist, then you are not part of the problem. This idea sometimes incites defensiveness in some white people. They may say things like, “I have black friends,” or “I am color-blind.” These statements do not address the fact that systemic racism continues to limit opportunities for minorities, and the Justice system continues to be biased against people of color, and Black men in particular.
There is a solution, or solutions, and there are conversations taking place now that will continue the fight for understanding about systemic racism, and the way to move forward. What will eventually rid us of racism? Understanding, an acceptance that there is a problem. A willingness to talk about the issues, and a willingness to move forward with forgiveness and compassion.
By recognizing each person’s humanity, we can continue to evolve towards equality and happiness for all.