How Do Black Lives Matter? That was the theme for this year’s Black History Month Essay Contest. Our first place winner, De’Jonna Farrar, Class of 2015, summed it up well in her writing.
“In our life, there is a single color, as on an artist’s palette, which provides the meaning of life and art. It is the color of love.”
All lives matter. However, it is repeatedly said that black lives matter, black lives matter, black lives matter. Yet, how do black lives matter if only a certain percentage of the African American culture advocates positively to prove that black lives matter?
How as a community can we prove that black lives matter if we demonstrate black on black violence, like gang banging, or one-on-one fighting for senseless situations? Do black lives matter only when a white individual commits wrongdoing on a black individual?
To answer the two previous questions – no. We must not harm our own culture, or harm anyone else that is not a part of our culture. We must all take a stand and advocate positively for a change, and not allow our emotions to lead to violence.
Black lives matter because we are human beings, just as any other culture in the world. We were created with purpose. We descend from greatness. We are created in the image of God. In most eyes, we all are great no matter what our flaws may turn out to be.
Through music, dancing, and poetry, the talent of our culture represents the greatness of our lives, and the sounds of our cries. Black lives matter not only because the Declaration of Independence states that “all men” are supposed to be “created equal,” but because our culture is bigger than a stereotype. We are destined beyond the statistics that tend to destroy our greatness.
Our culture is full of beautiful, dignified women and men. We must change the world and not allow the world to change who we are. Black lives matter. All lives matter.