There’s something so beautiful about the students-turned-activists who have emerged from the awful tragedy of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting. Instead of being victims, these kids became champions for human rights and gun control, reflected in the March for Our Lives on Saturday. They have been fully embraced by almost everyone.
However, the Black Lives Matter movement, created by Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi, has not received the same amount of love and support as the movement behind the March for Our Lives, and that’s the double standard that is tough for people of color to understand. When the officers in Baton Rouge, La., who killed Alton Sterling as he was being held down on the ground didn’t face any consequences, and the cops in Sacramento, Calif., fired 20 rounds into Stephon Clark, feeling justified in ending his life, it confirmed everything we already know: Black lives don’t matter.
Check out this week’s Judge of Characters, all about making black lives matter.