Should there be a post-racial era? Should we have a “colorblind” world when it comes to race? I chose the article “Police Protest ‘Black Lives Matter’ Banner Hanging on a Massachusetts City Hall,” to talk about. This movement has been getting a lot of awareness. In the article the police are protesting because they want the sign taking off of the building. They believe that the banner is divisive and gives voice to a movement that has inspired violence against the police.
While reading this article I asked my grandma, “what do you think of the Black Lives Matter movement?” She responded with, “I think it is a movement that brings awareness to the fact that black people are being picked on. There are still many racial issues that are happening. With this movement people are developing it into you have to pick sides. Either you are with the police and you are saying black lives don’t matter or you are with the black lives matter movement and you are saying that the police don’t matter.”
I think my grandma has a very valid point. People are missing the point that it’s not that black lives matter more than all other lives, it is that there still is that division and people are not being treated equally. With this article, the police are upset because there is a banner up saying “Black Lives Matter” but there is also a banner that says “In Honor and Remembrance,” that is in honor of the fallen officers. I like that the mayor said “this is not about pick sides. We can stand up for the rights of minorities and the good work of police, and those are not competing thoughts.” We need to learn from history and not repeat it.