#BlackLivesMatter: Debunking 10 Myths

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  1. Danny Thompson says:

    Something that was brought to my attention is that BLM doesn’t acknowledge the need of fathers or support young black men. After hearing this I went to the website to check for myself because from what I had seen on social media it was all about young black men. At the website I saw no mention of young black men or fathers in the guiding principals. Not that the other things are wrong but it seems that half of the community is missing and that half is where all the media attention is focused. Is there something I am missing and this is a myth or does BLM not include the lives of black men?

  2. Matt Norman says:

    This is a very well written and informative article. However, there is, at least, on thing that this article doesn’t address. Racism is not a white only issue. If any person is treated differently based only on the color of his or her skin then it is racism.

    The author mentions the middle aged, white man that confessed that he had no blacks in is inner circle. However, I would wager that this is true of most people of any ethnic or racial group. I would wager that most blacks have very few, if any, whites in their inner circle. As a white man is bothersome to me that an example like this is used as apparent proof of racism, but when the same condition is present among blacks, or other people of color, it’s not viewed as such. If equality it truly the goal, and I do believe it is, then the conditions have to be the same on all sides.

    Please understand that I am NOT saying that racism does not exist in America. I am NOT downplaying the importance or validity of the message of BLM. However, the way it is so often communicated it ends up feeling very much like someone shouting at me “this is your fault what are you going to do to fix it?”

    As a white man and a pastor it is my true desire and prayer that BLM will lead to some true conversations between people of all races in communities all around our country. It is my dream the church God has called me to start would truly be a multicultural body where we could all worship, serve and do life together. But, a conversation has to be a two way thing and, all too often, what comes across seems one sided.

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