Tuesday, October 11, 2016
What is wrong with the Phrase “All Lives Matter?"
“What do you think about what Mayweather said? Should he have said All Lives Matter or Black Lives Matter?” I think you just want to hear me say something controversial. Nonetheless, I must go the way of Jesus. He was very controversial. The United States is now too politically sensitive that anything irritates someone somewhere. When Mayweather Jr. says, “I am here to say that All Lives Matter,” the writer of the article dresses it with his own meaning. I will merely use the laws of logic: non contradiction, Excluded Middle and Identity to give my opinion.
It is amazing how Floyd Mayweather Jr. whom many consider less educate is always saying the right things when those who are considered too educated struggle with basic concepts of human relationships. During the Donald Sterling saga, he was asked what he thought about Sterling, if Sterling was a racist or not. Mayweather Jr. told them that he does not see Sterling as a bad person because Sterling has always treated him with love and respect. Sometimes a good white person could be better to a black person than his black people, and sometimes a black man could be better to a white woman than her white men. Why condemn someone who has done you no wrong simply because of their color or simply because the crowd is trying to crucify them? Mayweather Jr. did not see why he should hate Sterling simply because everyone else was against him. That is loyalty 101. Many would have turned against Donald Sterling just to placate the rambunctious bloodsuckers sniffing Sterling’s blood.
Notwithstanding, I will start with the Law of Non-Contradiction. It states that statements of contradiction cannot both be true at the same time. Either Black Lives Matter or All Lives Matter. I do understand the proponents and technocrats of Black Lives Matter. They want to emphasize that the lives of black people (who are hunted down by the police as though it was some hunting season) do matter. As a result, anyone who says any other thing like, Blue Lives Matter or All Lives Matter is considered against the movement. That is why many in the black community are alarmed at what Floyd Mayweather Jr. said.
Logically, the expression Black Lives Matter falls short because it violates other laws of logic. In other words, All Lives Matter and Black Lives Matter cannot both be correct because by saying Black Lives Matter, they contradictorily confront those who say All Lives Matter or Blue Lives Matter. That means, both statements cannot be both true and false. The Bible says, “God created man in his own image (Gen 1:27).” All human beings, no matter their color were created by God. Consequently, All Lives Matter. The blood that flows through our veins is the same (Gen 9:6).
In the second law called the Law of Excluded Middle, it is either A or B. One is right and the other is wrong. That means, either Black Lives Matter or All Lives Matter. By saying that All Lives Matter, we do not make light of the fact that Black Lives Matter or that black people seem like an endangered species, ready for extinction in the United States. As a black man, I am aware of that fact. However, All Lives Matter holds it in the same esteem as any other life, but it creates no division; whereas, by segmenting Black Lives differently from All Lives, a racial and social curtain is drawn between the police and the blacks and the whites versus the blacks which unconsciously permeates the dangers of black lives it intended to protect. It converts the abstract enemy into a concrete one.
You see, God loved the world, that He gave his only Son for the sins of every life. Every human being is the handiwork of God, no matter his or her color, whether black or white, blue or brown. As such, All Lives Matter. God holds the life of every human, no matter their color, so we should pray and fight that the sanctity of all lives will be respected in the United States.
Therefore, we must be careful not to drumbeat division which will be digging a bigger hole to fill a smaller one. When Black Lives Matter start to fight another person who puts a banner that reads, Blue Lives Matter or White Lives Matter or All Lives Matter, they are saying indirectly that, at this moment only Black Lives Matter, rather than All Lives Matter, so you should treat black lives like every other life. They argue that if the sanctity of all lives mattered, young black males will not be used as target practices for no other reason than the fact that they are black. The world knows that black people in the United States are not treated well, but the black people must rise up higher above the conundrum of hatred to respect the sanctity of all lives because All Lives Matter. The pain that a black mother feels when her son is gunned down just for being black is the same pain that a mother feels when her son is gunned down as a police officer. Each time a son is gunned down, the mother, no matter her color feels pain, weeps and mourns because All Lives Matter.
The racialism that currently bedevils the United States shortchanges us as a society to fulfill our optimum because no man fighting with his shadow will ever go far. In the African communities, mixed marriages are striving better than non-mixed marriages. When you limit yourself to color, the world becomes a very small place, so you make the world a small village by making All Lives Matter. Let our diversity creates a blend that reflects a kaleidoscope of cultural varieties.
David said, “Truly no man can ransom another, or give to God the price of his life, for the ransom of their life is costly and can never suffice.” Ps 49:7-8. There is not a single life that is not honored in the eyes of the Lord; therefore, All Lives Matter. Who amongst the mere mortals will carry anything into their graves when the grim reaper harvests their souls? Either All Lives Matter or no life matters. God is the one who gives every human being life (Acts 17:25), so he has declared “All Lives Matter.” No mortal, conceived naturally or invitro, timely or untimely born, born normally or by cesarean can decide differently.
Every human being is the temple of God, so All Lives Matter. Who amongst all humans will not die, or who will die and not rot? Who does not fart? Who does not urinate or excrete? Every human being, no matter the color, at some point in time is carrying feces in his or her bowels, even though some who are twisting Mayweather's words are full of feces, somehow!
What should be known is that for every blood (black or white, blue or brown) that is shed unjustly into the ground, the country is cursed. God never stands aloof when innocent lives are cut short because of hatred and oppression. It is important to know that, if the black minority cannot sleep because of what the white majority is doing to them, the white majority will not sleep for fear of what the black minority will do unto them. If the black males cannot sleep because of what the police is doing to them, the police will not sleep for fear of what the black males will do unto them. Therefore, it is in the best interest of the police and the black males to hold highly the sanctity of all lives, so All Lives Matter.
The country should establish parapets in new laws to guide the use of deadly force by the police. It is inconceivable that the police in the US kills people way more than some countries have lost in wars. No mortal, no matter how important they are now will refuse to be turned unto dust when their turn comes. Consequently, no life is more important than the other.
Finally, rather than start with the first of the three laws, I will end with the first- The Law of Identity. The United States is a melting pot, and the constitution is crafted to safeguard that mélange. That is our identity! We must not hornswoggle ourselves with division, which is a tool of the devil. Let us as a people, let us as Americans hold the sanctity of every life as inseparable ethos within our souls. Let us as a people rise up to protect human life each time it is threatened, for that is our identity!
Until then, like the legend Floyd Mayweather Jr., “I'm here to Say All Lives Matter.”
St Arrey of Ntenako
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