In my opinion when a group of people make a statement saying “We don’t believe our lives matter” and any response other than, “Of course, you do matter” is inhumane. It is inappropriate to choose that moment to state all the other lives which matter instead of addressing the pain that is currently being verbalized.
I am personally perplexed that people can shed tears over a dead dog or pretend to care about orphans in south east Asia or Africa when there is a whole generation of kids in your backyard who don’t believe their lives matter.
I have met several people in academia who believe that the overall response to the “Black Lives Matter” movement has inappropriate to say the least but they will never say something in public for fear of offending someone else’s feelings. As Alain de Botton so appropriately stated, “Many people in the intellectual elite…
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