My wife and I were discussing the “black lives matter” movement. She commented that it should be “all lives matter” which I thought was exactly right. Interestingly, just a few days later I saw that Richard Sherman, an all pro defensive back for the Seattle Seahawks and graduate of Stanford University who happens to be black, was taking a considerable amount of heat for saying the exact same thing.
The sports writer’s article I read chastised Richard for not realizing that the problem is police across the nation are targeting the black community and innocent people are getting shot. Really? Do the black lives matter people really think there is a nationwide police conspiracy to shoot people because they are black? Apparently they do here is a quote from the guiding principles of the black lives matter website,
“Black Lives Matter is an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise. It is an affirmation of Black folks’ contributions to this society, our humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression.”
It’s an error to make this a race issue. The head of the Dallas police department is black, for goodness sake. Until we are unafraid to investigate and talk about the real reason more people in the black community are subject to police violence than other races (and I have no reason to doubt the statistics) we won’t solve the problem and the black community will continue to suffer and police will be at increasing risk as well. Kudos to Richard for standing by his words and until more people stand with him and stand with those thinking like him, police violence against the black community will not improve.