I walk into my job and turn the corner towards the offices, of which mine is last.
In one office I spy all my co-workers.
What is this? A meeting? No one told me…how typical.
Why does everyone look so emotional?? One is sighing with a look of perfect contentment. Others make exclamations…”Wow…” “How?…” “Why?…”
Has something happened? Is this a private intimate moment between friends? Has something miraculous occurred and I missed the memo? Why am I the one always left out?
I walk closer. Another co-worker bursts into hysterical laughter as the conversation continues in muted tones.
Perhaps this is a happy occasion. Someone has good news?
I walk up to one of the group, a grin on my face, eager to join in the camaraderie, wondering what event impacted this weekday morning so much more than any other.
I whisper to him, “Hey, whatcha talkin about?”
He grins at me in sheer delight, “Paul McCartney :D”
*pops tongue and keeps it moving down the hall*
Words can’t express how much I LOVE SIA. Most of her songs have so much raw emotion and when you really listen to the lyrics (glass of wine in hand) you’ll find yourself connecting to a place deep inside yourself without even knowing how the hell you got there. She’s becoming one of my favorite artists and, unlike Adele (who I also love), she has many upbeat and fun songs as well. I think of Sia and I think of overcoming obstacles, all of the bad things, and finding that stable place again. That place where you’re almost happy. This is just one of the many Sia anthems that make my playlist, “Bird Set Free”.
I’ve tried, I’ve really tried to cut all you #AllLivesMatter ranters some slack out of misplaced sympathy towards your completely insensitive ignorance….I’m done now. I honestly cannot begin to understand why people are still ok with using that phrase. I’m browsing through comment sections like, honestly? This is really still a thing?? The reason why that phrase is disrespectful has been explained So Many Times I can’t count. In case you missed it:
#BlackLivesMatter was created because the Black community felt the need to state what should be obvious but clearly isn’t: that Black people matter. We are human beings the same as anyone else, citizens of this country that deserve equal treatment, opportunities and protection. We all are supposed to have these rights but when you look at our nation that is simply not the case (cop killings, media portrayals, incarceration rates). This is why people began to verbalize it, a way to say, “Hey, we matter TOO! Its about time we fixed this!” More or less when you say, “All lives matter” you’re downplaying the simple statement that Black people matter, that our lives matter. “Black Lives Matter” does not say that others don’t matter. It’s not anti-police or anti-White. We’re reminding the world that we matter TOO because that is easily forgotten. “All lives matter” is something said to shut us up and keep us in our place rather than raise us up. We don’t want to be raised over everyone else. We want equal treatment, and that goes for other races as well. When Black Lives Matter gained speed I also saw a lot more publicity on Latino and especially Native American issues. This is about everybody. “Black Lives Matter” is simply a slogan started by the Black community because we were talking about problems specific to us that we’ve been struggling with for too long. But we’re not saying other races don’t have issues or don’t need raising up. We all should be on the same level.
Now, most people get this by now but some of you guys are way behind the curve. The even sadder part is that now when people use it they almost say it like an attack…which is exactly what it is. “Police lives matter” also gained popularity which is arguably even more vile. We all know all police aren’t murderers and yes their lives matter…but why was the Black lives Matter movement started to begin with (refer to previous paragraph)? People were protesting largely in response to recent killings by police of unarmed Black men. Now “Police lives matter” has become a rebuttal and I have one more reason to never eat at Chik-fil-A again *sigh*. Anyway, I’m not trying to convert anyone over to the movement. I just needed to vent and I wish people would be more mindful of what they’re saying and what it really means. Do you care about Black lives? If yes, don’t say all lives matter or blue/police lives matter. If no, well, you know what THAT means and you can say what you like but I strongly advise you take a look at your life and sense of morality. That’s all.