“Black lives matter!” a statement of proclamation

Since some time now we hear more voices calling for attention against racism in general.

“Black lives matter!” is a statement of proclamation — a declaration and a decree — emerging from centuries of anguish born of America’s history of injustices stemming from the African slave trade.

“Black Lives Matter” is also an organization — a body of people with a particular mission — emerging from the proclamation, following episodes of police brutality and vigilante killings of Black men. The proclamation existed before the organization. The message of the proclamation and the message of the organization are not the same.

We all must be aware that the justification for slavery in America was rooted in the idea that black lives do not matter. For many Europeans and for those who conquered America, coloured people were considered like animals and only of value to be working elements which could be used as long as they could serve.

Racial injustice expanded through the creation of “Jim Crow” laws. Government-sanctioned violent acts were committed on non-violent protesters in marches, boycotts, lunch counter sit-ins, and even during African American worship services on Sunday. The brutal murders of Emmett Till, Medgar Evers, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and so many more were all rooted in one ideology: Black lives do not matter.

It is incredible for us to see how so many churchgoers, or people who called themselves \”Christian\” could buy, sell and use those coloured people like cattle. For a real Christian, it is also not acceptable that in this 21st century there is so much division between races. All men are created in the image of God and should be respected as a worthy creature of the Most High.

> Please come to know more about a declaration and a decree — emerging from centuries of anguish born of America’s history of injustices stemming from the African slave trade. > 
Black Lives Matter? Embracing the proclamation or the organization

Published by Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".

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