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Dear Dr. Karen

I, feel personally antagonized by this new movement of “Black Lives Matter”.  It seems the slogan is directed mainly toward Anglo-American law enforcement officers and is like a blatant shift of blame. I feel that “Black Lives Matter” should be directed to the black community, not to the general public or law enforcement. It should not be a slogan pointing blame at others. This movement should start at home not on a sign perched in a window, or at a rally of protesters on a street corner.

We, as the black community, can’t ignore deviant behavior of young black males and expect law enforcement to correct it, pamper it, or wrap it in hugs and kisses at the end of the day. As a society on the whole, our law enforcement is our second line of defense. The first line of defense is ourselves, by making decisions as conscientious law abiding citizens.

Becoming a law-abiding citizen is not an impossible task. We need our law enforcement to do their job, and in the heat of the moment, they have to use their own discretion when their lives are in danger to use the level of force that is necessary to contain the situation. There is an old saying. If you act like an animal, guess what? Yes! So, do “Black Lives Matter”? Of course they do. Just ask someone who values theirs.

                                                                              All Lives Matter                                                                             

Dear All Lives Matter:

Thank you for your viewpoint but, when is the last time you read a history book? “Black Lives Matter” is more than just a slogan it is a call to action and a response to the anti-black systemic racism that is running rampant in our society.

 The slogan “Black Lives Matter,” means an acknowledgement that we have been subjected to slavery,  our civil rights violated (some of which have been overturned), mass incarceration and senseless shootings by law enforcement.

 This movement is not saying that other lives don’t matter. It is just saying that the value of Black lives are not as relevant. Our lives as African Americans continue to remain under attack. In 2016 we are still trying to find our place in this society since our arrival in 1619.

Don’t be so quick to feel it’s all about judgment against white lives. When we say, “All Lives Matter,” we are minimizing the ongoing reality of the problems that exist for African Americans and marginalize the existence of white supremacy in America.

Instead, see “Black Lives Matter” for what it is: An all out effort to make a difference by dismantling the unjust status quo that holds racial equality hostage in America.

 Food For Thought: How does “Black Lives Matter” help us to address the deeper problems facing us, like Black on Black crime? Has the movement united us or divided us?

***Dr. Karen R. January is an expert in youth development as well as male-female relationships.  Her new book, ¨Lessons Mama Never Taught Me,¨ profiles 10 women and the mistakes they made in parenting, love and life.  It can be purchased at Amazon.com.  Please send your questions to Dr. Karen at askdrjanuary@gmail.com.

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