Richard Sherman is the latest black athlete/celebrity to take on the topic of Black Lives Matter. While I agree with some of the things he said, there are other parts I don’t. Primarily, his idea that black people should care about “black on black crime” before they start pushing blame on white people.
“I think that’s the point that we need to get to, is we need to deal with our own internal issues before we start moving forward and start attacking other people. We need to solidify ourselves as a people and deal with our issues because I think as long as we have black-on-black crime and one black man killing another, if black lives matter, then they should matter all the time. You should never let somebody get killed. That’s somebody’s son, that’s somebody’s brother, that’s somebody’s friend. So you should always keep that in mind.”
What Richard Sherman, Stephen A. Smith and the rest of black celebrities seem to miss when they make the connection between Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter is this one key point. BLACK PEOPLE, DON’T KILL OTHER BLACK PEOPLE, BECAUSE THEY’RE BLACK. See that’s a major reason black people are upset. Let’s go a tad bit deeper, when black people kill black people, a lot of the time justice is served, and at times very swiftly, also unlike police officers, the guy who has the same skin complexion as you never took an OATH, under law, to protect and serve his community.
There’s also factors such as economics, education, location etc etc. But since your favorite black celebrity made it from “the hood” what is stopping you? This idea is stupidity at it’s finest, but since black celebrities keep wanting to utter it as a response when they’re asked questions about race from a media that a lot of times doesn’t look like them, is downright funny to me.
I actually think by not asking black celebs about race, and asking white celebs maybe a change could happen. I mean, think about it, black celebs have always been black, and don’t gain any privilege due to that. It’s only after their “celeb” do they gain privilege, on the other hand. White celebs have always lived with a privilege, maybe asking them about race would be more beneficial in finding a solution to ending it. Because the realities of race aren’t going anywhere for black celebs, but forcing white celebs to confront why even in celebrity, race still plays a factor would be interesting.
But that would force black celebs to be honest and white celebs to be uncomfortable. Who’s ready for that?