Up to Our Necks: The Misrepresentation of the Black Lives Matter Movement

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The Rev. Meg Riley, senior minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Larger Fellowship, from her article “Up to Our Necks,” in UU World (Winter 2014). Photograph: Ferguson, Mo., August 11, 2014, (cc) Sarah-Ji. Graphic design by Tina Gleason. You may freely share this graphic: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

I have a short entry today but between reading online comments and posts on Facebook, I am over it and I wish that people would stop misrepresenting the message of Black Lives Matter. It should come as no surprise, the media has managed to hone in on a handful of ignorant people who made some horrible comments about “frying pigs like bacon” at a rally (there are assholes in every crowd) and instead have chosen to ignore those individuals working peacefully and respectfully to deliver the important message of the movement which is that we must begin to do something about an obviously corrupt system.

The message of the movement as I see it is NOT that other people’s lives don’t matter, obviously ALL human life is precious, but instead that Black lives do not matter LESS which appears to be how many people see the lives of black people in this country as evident by the many deaths of young black men and women as of late.

The undeniably horrendous execution of Sgt. William Kennard was a tragic act perpetrated by a mentally ill individual who should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. It is important to point out that there has been NO established connection between the death of the officer and the Black Lives Matter movement yet media outlets intent on ignoring the state of race relations in our country, offering no real solutions on how to bridge the deep divide between the police and communities of color, have instead decided to detract from the REAL message of Black Lives Matter and insist on perpetuating this lie.

I have little more to say other than I am fed up with what is going on in our country. It makes my stomach turn and I fear that things will only get worse before they get better.

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