As most people hopefully know, February is Black History Month (BHM), a month that should be filled with pride, and the ability to respect those that fought for the rights that African-Americans have today. At my school, we have an assembly displaying the talent and artistry of those that came before us, and honoring what is to come. It’s always an educational experience, and students throughout the school love it, but this year was a little bit different. The theme was Black Lives Matter.
That title is going to stir up controversy, right?
I think that may have been the goal, but it took a very sinister twist.
A note was left in one of my school’s bathrooms, reading, “____ is going to shoot up the auditorium on Friday. He said he will kill me if I snitch, please help he does not believe black lives matter.”
When the administrators finally made this information public, my school went mad. So many people were freaking out, including me. Families were calling the school, and on Friday, less than half of our student body came to classes. Those that abstained from coming to school were called horrible names and told that they just didn’t want to see the assembly. Fortunately, nothing happened, and my school still has the same number of students that it did last week.
The real question is, what incited this hatred?
My school has the tradition of holding an assembly for BHM, and in the same number of years, we’ve had no threats of retaliation. Why is that? The black history story that we hear every year hasn’t changed, so what is the problem? In my opinion, the answer is the Black Lives Matter movement.
In writing this article, I know that what I am about to say is an extremely controversial topic. My views do not align with that of an average African-American, but as a black, female, conservative, when have ever had views that are mainstream?
The BLM movement has proved to be cause for hatred and division across the country. Whether you agree or disagree, here are the facts: the intentions of the movement are good, but the looting and rioting and the utter disrespect of the police are not respectable. Black lives DO matter, but when your right to living infringes on the rights of another to own a business or car or infringes on their right to live, a reform needs to occur. To those that believe otherwise, to each their own. You must know, though, that you are a part of the problem.
In general, the goal of this was not to degrade this movement. It is, however, to expose the hatred that it stirs up in people. Some will say that is because those that don’t support the movement are racist, but I believe that it’s because they aren’t afraid to call out the issues in a social movement. After all, it only goes up from here.
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