Ebony, Remain Alive, Make a Difference
The above is a Thesaurus translation of the phrase, Black Lives Matter.
There is many ways to say something, and each way gives a different impression as to context of meaning.
It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. Henry David Thoreau
In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson
What is the current in today’s society? If not flawed in how it embraces principle. This is just one of many issues with Black Lives Matter, true their lives deserve to be treated with respect, dignity, and they are not. However our entire society treats life as being less in value, and life in many ways has a price tag associated with it, and that is all it is worth? For you information, black lives are not the cheapest lives in our society, in fact they disrespect, the cheapest lives in our society as much as the white society of this country does, there crimes just as horrific, even against their own, blacks kill blacks as if life has no value? Some of their leaders have been quoted as saying they have issues within themselves as a people in not treating life with dignity and respect.
Summum Bonum ,,”The greatest good, sometimes understood as sought by all. The concept was introduced into ethics by Aristotle and taken up by Aquinus.” Does Black Lives Matter embrace this idea in its slogan? The slogan itself in no way suggests this is true. It does suggest only Black Lives Matter, to know that this is not what it means, you must always ask someone to explain to you, what it really does mean, and assume they are telling you the truth, and giving you the same answer everyone else is being given. This is not a sign of a good slogan, nor good leadership.
Reductio Ad Absurdum, Method of arguing which refutes a proposition by showing that something absurd or contradictory follows from it. I do believe this is true in the Black Lives Matter cause. While i can uphold a greater good in its ideal, I can hardly support the cause itself because the movement seems to be creating silos in society, and not doing much to actually heal society.. but enhancing fragmentation of our society.
and what of police brutality? While Blacks say they are treated unfairly compared to white people in how often they are treated with brutality, disrespect, killed. They disrespect that many in our society that are of other populations experience what they experience far more severely, in greater numbers per their total population, than blacks will ever experience. they are not even aware it seems of these other populations. its always just about blacks,, and blacks only. If this is not a reverse prejudice, what is it? Disgraceful, as much as i respect them, i also find their propaganda in their campaign disgraceful. It disrespects to many others so severely they do not even recognize they exist.
Prima Facie, A term often used to indicate that something— an obligation, a right, evidence, has a presumptive force that will hold unless defeated by a superior consideration. Black Lives Matter as a slogan will always have a Prima Facie associated with it. It by itself is as a motto similar to any race in history that declared themselves the supreme race. No doubt in my mind that is not the message intended, Yet if there is a hint of truth in the fact this attitude is implied to exist, even in how they treat each other. Would this not explain the violence as, yes police brutality exists, but would they not get more of it by virtue of their attitude? and is that not one of arguments police give that when stopping persons that are black, attitude interaction is often what goes wrong?
Here is a issue I think Black Lives Matter is trying to focus on, and again, struggling to do so and i think in many ways they fail to deliver the message, or the press refuses to report it.
Distributive Justice,,,, “that part of justice, whether legal or moral, concerning itself with the fair distribution of benefits and burdens.” This appears to be a core message to be delivered within the black Lives Matter movement.
So such slogans as , “No Justice, No Peace” is almost more a self fulfilling prophecy. Where Distributive Justice does not exist, you will not find peace around the issues where distributive justice is failing.
It seems the Dialectic conversation between whites and blacks, society and blacks, is struggling to speak, the same language, and there can be no conversation as the word implies unless the two sides can at least speak the same language.
The Syllogism: all Lives Matter, all Blacks have life, therefore, all Black Lives Matter. Do you see the problem? you can’t pick as your slogan the ending statement, you will always be trying to explain the first two statements so people can understand the third, or they will apply their own interpretation.
(this reflects as reflective commentary on current events involving Black Lives Matter as i think through the issues. In no way is it meant to suggest lack of value of any life, only reflect on trying to understand the movement and slogan, Black Lives Matter. Personally i’m leaning toward, they don’t have the right issues as their priority in respect to what they are focused on. I do think they have a horrible slogan considering what it seems to be representing. It is possible the saying itself is so bad it is hindering the conversations that need to occur, and may be contributing to the violence, this i find tragic.
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