Responding to “Black Lives Matter” with “all lives matter,” or, worse, “blue lives matter,” reveals an astounding lack of empathy for African-Americans who have been oppressed by systemic racism for centuries. 

Of course, the life of every person – black, white, Asian, Hispanic, Indiginous, Jew, Gentile, police officer, or trash collector – matters. The point of BLM is that black lives matter also.

Imagine a house burning on your block. Someone rushes up to the fire fighter and shouts, “All houses matter!” Indeed they do, but only one is on fire.

Imagine someone you love is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. You’d find little comfort in being emphatically asked, “Well, what about all the people with diabetes?” 

“But, when it comes to the police, it’s just a few bad apples.”

No it isn’t. It is a system than was invented to return runaway slaves to their masters, a system of deeply imbedded racist assumptions about black men. It is a system built on slavery, convict leasing, and mass incarceration.

Besides, there are some professions in which you cannot tolerate a few bad apples – airline pilots, surgeons, judges, and police officers, to name a few. 

“Well, a handful of black people have been killed by overly zealous police officers, but millions of unborn babies are aborted every year. Isn’t that a much bigger problem?”

Both are big deals. Every life is of infinite value. Every human is created in the image of God. God loves every human being. So should we. 

About Dr. Larry Taylor

Radical Anabaptist, Jesus Freak, Red Letter Christian, sailor, thinker, spiritual director, life coach, pastor, teacher, chaplain, counselor, writer, husband, father, grandfather, dog-sitter

Posted on July 25, 2020, in anabaptist, Bible Teaching, Christianity, creation, Jesus, Justice, Kingdom Life, kingdom of God, parables, Peace Shalom Hesed, Spirituality, The Cross. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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