A middle-aged white woman’s thoughts

A package arrived at my house a few days ago. In it was a bracelet that said, ‘Black Lives Matter.’ Sitting on our back porch, I looked at the bracelet and fiddled with it.

I am not black. And as per being a protester, or someone who publicly gives her opinion on anything other than books, movies, George Clooney, food, and well, the coronavirus, yeah, advocacy like this goes beyond the norm for me.

As I ran my hand over each of the letters, a thought popped in my head. What has happened in the last few years regarding racial relations, especially in the last few months, has gone way beyond anything our country has experienced in a long, long, long time.

Even back during the early years of slavery and the civil rights movement, the protests and deaths were not accompanied by some of the pure hatred and violence we see today.

I showed my almost 87-year-old dad the bracelet. He took it in his hands, and we talked about it for a bit. Toward the end of our conversation, Daddy said, “I think of that song we sang as children … red, yellow, black, and white.”

“Jesus loves the little children … All the children of the world … Red, brown, yellow, black, and white … They are precious in His sight … Jesus loves the little children of the world.”

The Black Lives Matter movement was created somewhere between four and six years ago. The slogan and the organizations’ movement was not about making the lives of a black person more important than the whites or the Chinese or the Hispanics. The chant is loud, ‘Black Lives Matter.”

So what does it mean?

According to research done through several scholarly articles online, and a dive into the movement itself, I came to the following conclusion.

The slogan, ‘Black Lives Matter,’ is not intended to be a term of confrontation or to alienate anyone.

Saying ‘Black Lives Matter’ is used as a motivational phrase to facilitate change. Saying ‘Black Lives Matter’ is not saying no one else matters … the movement is about focusing on a problem that facts over the years prove and to promote awareness to several issues that blacks not only in America but worldwide face.

Most recently, the movement has looked at the statistics of the percentages of black Americans who have been fatally wounded by law enforcement compared to those of the white race. Those with logic, common sense and a true understanding of the words ‘liberty and justice for all’ get it.

“Jesus loves the little children … All the children of the world … Red, brown, yellow, black, and white … They are precious in His sight … Jesus loves the little children of the world.”

Through the last two decades, I have had many black friends, a few dates with men of that race, and many close encounters with African-Americans in my 23-year career as a newspaper reporter and six month career as a caregiver for a home health agency.

I have and will continue to go to bat for them, as I know their hearts, their personalities, and their belief systems.

Jesus loves the little children … All the children of the world … Red, brown, yellow, black, and white … They are precious in His sight … Jesus loves the little children of the world.”

During my time as a personal care assistant, I had a list of clients who I helped with personal hygiene, housekeeping, nutrition, and whatever else was necessary.

Some of the things I was to do went beyond house-cleaning and cooking and doing grocery shopping. Many of the clients needed assistance with bathing, and several wore diapers, or needed help going to the bathroom as you would help a toddler. (Yeah, go ahead and make a face – you have not experienced life until you have to do some of the stuff these CNAs and personal care assistants do.)

Four of my clients were African-Americans.

Two were elderly women, one was a military veteran who had had a stroke, and the last was a woman who was a year younger than me, and three times my size, who had cystic fibrosis, was paralyzed, had had some strokes and was confided to a wheelchair.

Did their lives matter less than of my white clients?

Jesus loves the little children … All the children of the world … Red, brown, yellow, black and white … They are precious in His sight … Jesus loves the little children of the world.”

We are in a time right now that all of us could use a little schooling on Christian love, on being a good listener, on building positive relations and so forth.

The moment now is not about ‘all lives matter’ or ‘blue lives matter’ or ‘green lives matter …’ that is a given.

But for years, black lives have not mattered, and we all need to realize that they do too.

If you doubt me, take a look at history, talk a look at recent events, take a look at your own mindsets, take a look at governmental leaders’ attitudes and talk, take a look at your social media news feeds, take a look at the violent protests and these extreme measures that are being demanded in some areas.

It is way past time.

Jesus loves the little children … All the children of the world … Red, brown, yellow, black and white … They are precious in His sight … Jesus loves the little children of the world.”

Several of my closest friends are in the law enforcement career. For a year, I worked with a few of the finest men and women in east Texas at a police department – and I saw them behind the ‘blue line.’

Because of them, I understand and support them to be safe, to be funded and supported. Their jobs are to keep us safe. Many of them I would go to bat for too. And they know that. And they and I know that change or some change does need to occur.

Jesus loves the little children … All the children of the world … Red, brown, yellow, black, and white … They are precious in His sight … Jesus loves the little children of the world.”

I put on my bracelet, and wore it to town, along with my Christian bracelets that say ‘Forgiven,’ ‘Loved,’ ‘Chosen,’ and ‘Free.’ I also have a supporting Texas law enforcement sticker on my car- faded, and needs replacing. But it is there.

Jesus loves the little children … All the children of the world … Red, brown, yellow, black and white … They are precious in His sight … Jesus loves the little children of the world.”

There is another bracelet on the way. No need to write about it. But maybe, just tell you what it says. “Love God, Love People.”

Jesus loves the little children … All the children of the world … Red, brown, yellow, black and white … They are precious in His sight … Jesus loves the little children of the world.”

1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV): “The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance. But the Lord looks at the heart.”

(c)BECKYHOLLAND2020
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