Hey guys, yes. To start off this myTake we're going to begin with Genesis.
Genesis 2:7 (NIV)
Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.
As of June 3rd, 2020, some crazy stuff is going on in the world right now. As all things do, such events began with small bad ones, which snowballed into a bigger, uglier issue which now we must face. In such case, death has led to anger which has led to protests which has led to violence, leaving us with riots and looting and more death. I'm not the best when it comes to talking about such issues because most people don't want to hear a blonde white girl's thoughts on the ugly, cruel, and dangerous side of the news but y'all are going to hear it anyways. My goal in this is to address the injustices and my thoughts on the movement.
I first wanted to start with Genesis 2:7 because I wanted people to understand that God created man and gave him life through His breathe. That is going to come back later.
Injustice is literally defined as an incident with a lack of fairness and while life not be fair, there is also a line in which injustices tie into morality. What happened to George Floyd was horrendous— NO ONE can deny that. He was suffocated, choked, murdered, pinned to the road like a wild animal for over 8 minutes. The way he was brutality and cruelly treated was unacceptable and enraging— NO ONE can deny that. The way the officer handled the situation was also unacceptable— NO ONE can deny that as well. The officer did not respect Floyd in the least bit, and no matter what race or religion or gender Floyd was or could have been, the officer's behavior towards the potential crime (later revealed as no crime) was irrational and irresponsible. In such case, Floyd faced injustice.
However, what if Floyd was white? Or Muslim? Or Indian? Or gay? Or female? Or Christian? It doesn't matter. In the same situation with whatever gender, race, sexuality, religion, or nationality, it is still an injustice. This is why all lives matter. This is why LIFE MATTERS.
Why I'm not promoting black lives matters: because I recognize that every race, religion, gender, sexuality, literally everything has faced oppression at some point. The Black Lives Matter movement is trying to say that black people are being oppressed but so is and was every other group of people around the world.
Some examples include: The Irish and Israelis (white people) as slaves. The African American community with Jim Crow laws. Middle East ethnicities and Muslims after 9/11. Asians and Chinese people during the current pandemic. Finally, Hispanics working in the Bracero Program. But that's only limited to race and partly religion. Females were oppressed before the 20th century with no voting rights and forced into a 'proper cutout' for them. During the HIV/AIDS pandemic (still occurring), the gay community was (and sometimes still is) seen as HIV positive and frowned upon by the rest of society. Christians faced oppression from the Roman Empire in the 1st century and the Jews had to face the poisonous fire called Adolf Hitler and the German Army.
According to society, Humans have the right to live which is why murder is a sin. Coming back to Genesis 2:7, George Floyd said "I can't breath." God literally gave man the breath of life and once Floyd was suffocated, his right to live was stripped from him. Floyd needs justice, not because he was black but because of the cruelty, and brutality, and disrespect which was given to him. Such justice needs to punish the cruel police officer who killed him. Everyone bleeds red, so why focus on the outside when we should be focusing on the inside? We need to understand what we're fighting for human rights not just black rights because all lives matter and all life matters. If the same thing happened to a white, Asian, Hispanic, or any other man woman or child, I would be saying the same thing. In each scenario, the breathe of life is stripped away from the person and the actions taken demand justice.
This argument can continue on for other victims like Breonna Taylor who was shot to death— no one deserves death. I wrote it above but I will say it again. Black lives matter because all lives matter and therefore all life matters. I support the #AllLivesMatter but now we should make a new hashtag— #AllLifeMatters because we all know that the brutality will continue with person on person, police on person, and even person on police through the riots and protests, past them, and into the future. While we might not be able to fully stop violence, we can help stop death by focusing on the fact that we were put on this earth for a reason and God has a plan for all of us, even George Floyd. Floyd was used to help people understand the importance of life but YOU can be used to spread that message and inspire others to choose life over death. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed this myTake.
Note: In this case, this was a 'rotten cop' and most cops are very good, at what they do and how they do it so I'm not saying acab but rather most cops are good and we just have to weed out the bad ones.
Also I could continue this myTake to elaborate further on things but just ask me in an opinion if you need some clarifying and feel free to express your own opinions on this too. Sorry there has been a lot going on with this (in the news and with questions on here)but I wanted to put my opinion out there. Thanks again and if I didn't agree with you, it's my myTake soooo... yeah.