Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter – Martin Luther King
The question is what should matter?
I believe it should matter that innocent lives are being taken, it should matter that people have to be cautious because of their skin color or the race they belong too. Worst of all I believe that it should matter that those said to uphold the law and protect the innocent are the ones we should be most cautious of even when guilty of nothing. When we are left to take the laws into our own hands is when they begin to take action on what is right and wrong.
Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves -Abraham Lincoln
If at this age and time we are still left fighting for Black rights and security then what was the point of the efforts and sacrifices of the likes of Martin Luther King Jr, Nelson Mandela, Lincoln Alexander, Maya Angelo, Marcus Gravey, Rosa Parks, Zora Neale Hurtson and many more?! What exactly did they risk their lives for? What gospel did they spend most of their lives preaching? Yet years after their long and painful efforts we are still fighting for the same cause, still fearing for our lives, still cant find peace in the place we call home and just all because we have a different skin colour. If you cant see a problem with that then am afriad your humanity needs a check. We must not let the efforts of those who fought for our freedom go to waste. We are humans and deserve to be treated as such.
The idea that some lives matter less is the root of all that is wrong with the world – Paul Farmer
All lives matter period. And if we still have to point that out at this advanced stage of the world then we need to question the kind of civilization we live in, we need a find the difference between the babarism that we advanced from and the so called civilization we are in right now. The kind of civilization where the police kill the innocents? Where the innocents are forced to take matter into their hands and become guilty? Where the innocents face punishments for crimes they were moved to commit, while the real culprits are left to continue with this backwards civilization. No one can tell me that they cannot see the problem with this. But we must understand that wrong will always continue to be wrong regardless of the reason it was done. And that to fight viloence with violence will only kill what one intends to acheive with it.
We must stand and fight for what matters the most to us but the fight using our voices will get us farther than violence ever will and with all our limbs intact. – Bolanle Onilogbo
We have been wronged. These people have been wronged. We seek justice and peace and that cannot be achieved by violence. We must fight in a manner that we cannot be silenced, violence only gives them an excuse to have us silenced.
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