Ryan,

Let me point out that as well meaning as this take on oppression is, you are part of the problem. Its not a matter of a monopoly, its about who needs the most first. Yes, everyone needs to eat, but starving people clearly have more of a need than just food. Lumping American black people in with everyone else is a vey clever tactic to not specifically address the historical systemic racism that they specifically have been subjected to for decades. Here me out in that other groups have had different opportunities to overcome, grow from, gain monetarily and collectively from their ordeal. Not all groups that’s true but, the lineage of black people in America today, those coming from unbelievably poor families is a systemic issue, one of being kept out of political decisions that would benefit them, including redlining, public housing, mediocre educational systems, all this contributes to the conditionality of 80% of black people, and is reminiscent of the Jews in Germany in 1930s and 40s. The difference here is, Jews received monetary and legal justice in the aftermath AND now run Israel. We don’t have those avenues or world support that they had at the time. Too many people like to dilute our specific complaints by saying “its every one! You’re not special”

My point is this, if you are in the Emergency room with a possible broken arm and an ambulance brings someone in with major bleeding and a brain injury, who needs care first? Just looking at atrocities one group heaps on another throughout history is only 1/3 of the argument for black Americans, which give people who really don’t want to make the necessary systemic changes justification for not taking their concerns seriously. Yes, all lives matter but at this juncture black lives in America, need to be the priority. It would be nice if every time a “black lives matter” type issue comes up, some people didn’t immediately parrot “all lives matter!” If you’re serious about oppression being solved from the bottom up, then there needs to be real change, real solutions for the African-American community.

dance/theater professor @HBCU, born, raised in elitist Connecticut, married over a decade to my white husband, but seriously someone has to stop these people