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Jacqueline Finley: Unfair backlash against ‘Black Lives Matter’

Recently there has been backlash against the saying “Black Lives Matter.” Communities call it the battle cry of a terrorist group. Churches, facing threats, remove the slogan from exterior bulletin boards.

Media personality Glenn Beck organizes a “Restoring Unity” rally, where he call for replacing the phrase with All Lives Matter, the rationale being it is exclusionary and divisive to grant a specific group special consideration.

Of course every life matters. There are times, however, when it is crucial for a specific group to break away from “the pack” in order to call attention to its frustration and anger. Lest it be forgotten, “black lives do not matter” has been the actual, if not always opening admitted, standard for much of American history. For decades such travesties as slavery, Jim Crow laws, and segregated, substandard schools, were all considered acceptable practices against African Americans.

New Orleans Times Picayune write Jarvis DeBarry recently wrote an article, “Black Lives Matter, a phrase that shouldn’t be necessary, but is.” Anyone doubting the phrase’s magnitude should read this commentary.

Yes, all lives matter. Until the time comes, however, when everyone truly receives equal treatment and respect, phrases such as “Black Lives Matter” are necessary.

Jacqueline Finley

Grass Valley

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