Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter is an activist movement that has received backlash from across the world for ‘overlooking the importance’ of other kinds of people. Obviously, all lives do matter, but black lives are being focused on because the American judicial system treats them like trash. Black Lives Matter isn’t just a statement, it is a reaction to the hyper-criminalisation of black people and the disgusting amount of state violence they’re subject to. If you can’t seem to understand why people are talking about BLM, you’re either missing the point or are part of the problem (or both).

‘All Lives Matter’ is a disgusting movement that tries to paint black people as aggressors and white people as victims. It refuses to accept the very real problem at hand and is the embodiment of white supremacy.

“I’m white, and I have friends who are black, and we’re all treated the same.. so why does this movement claim that only black lives matter?” Ignorant statements like these are often flung around with nonchalance (side note: please don’t make assumptions about something you are so painfully unaware of). White privilege demonstrates that if you are white, you automatically have a superior systematic position to black people. Consequently, hundreds of white people are not killed by the police (most of whom happen to be members of the oppressing group) based on the colour of their skin. Violence against black people has escalated so much in America that black families now have to teach their children how to react when they come across a policeman, to prevent losing their lives. BLM is about the system that affects more than just one person and his/her friend circle; this racism affects black people, NOT white people. It is downright disrespectful to try to divert the attention from the black community by supporting a movement like ‘All Lives Matter’.

White police officers continue to get away with the murder of innocent black people and never face any repercussions. Most of the time, they don’t even go to trial; and when they do, they’re proven ‘innocent’, solely because of the fact that the black community simply cannot be given priority over white murderers. Another question posed my many people is that of ‘black on black crime,’ which is completely and utterly irrelevant. Black on black crime is between CIVILIANS, while police officers killing black people is STATE VIOLENCE. The two are very different and cannot be compared.

If you are white, please recognise your privilege. Racism exists and is still very real. Please understand the motives of BLM. Their anger is justified in every way.

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Letters To The Majority #1

Dear Misogynistic Majority,
I’m filled with so much rage that I don’t even know what to say to you. I’m not sure what to say to anyone as I read the news of Bangalore’s “mass molestation” this New Years Eve. You all know what I’m talking about.
There were approximately sixty THOUSAND people on the two busiest roads in the metropolis that day. Sixty thousand people and yet no one helped as woman after woman faced sexual assault. There were 6-7 men stuck to each woman like leeches. Sounds horrifying, doesn’t it?
It is YOUR mentality that is the root cause of horrors like this. 45 CCTV cameras caught the assaults. If anything, these numbers should shock you – just like they shocked the nation. Our nation cries with agony when we read of cases like Nirbhaya and Bangalore. Our women cry with agony on a daily basis because of the assaults they face, physically and emotionally. Obviously, their cries go unheard, drowned out by jeering voices and whistles. It is not okay to leer or catcall. It is not okay to gently “brush” against someone. IT IS NOT OKAY TO BE A BYSTANDER, MAN OR WOMAN, LIKE MOST OF YOU WERE IN BANGALORE, WHILE HUNDREDS OF WOMEN GOT MOLESTED IN FRONT OF YOUR EYES.
I can’t comprehend what goes on in your mind. First you rape, then you proceed to make jokes on rape, and when we don’t laugh, what do you say? “So uptight, why can’t she take a joke?” What a good question. Well then, enlighten me. What exactly is the joke? What is oh-so-funny about rape that I should be doubled over in laughter?
Thought so. We live in a third-world country with the mentality of the Stone Age. Honestly. The misogyny prevalent in our country is seen DAILY. It is visible by the fact that of the sixty thousand people on those two roads, around a hundred were rapists and sexual offenders. It is seen when out of those hundred, only SIX people have been taken in due to ‘suspicion’ – they haven’t even been arrested. The officers said they would investigate the Bangalore case “silently”. This is what is wrong with our country. Why be silent? Women – shout, scream, fight for your rights and freedoms. Revolt. Do not be silent. NEVER be silent when it comes to your body.
And you, misogynistic men – again, I honestly don’t know what to say to you except that you need to change. Everyone has internalised misogyny buried somewhere within them. Everyone struggles with overcoming it – but unsurprisingly, the rest of us do. It’s about time you start trying too. You are not better than us. You have no right to treat us like objects and then make jokes about our sufferings. You have no right.
If rapes and sexual assault cases like these continue in India, there will be a revolution very soon. I swear to you, we will revolt. We will not tolerate being treated like your garbage.
As for the Bangalore case, go on, keep spreading your mentality. Make sure this happens again…and again…and again…and goes unreported, just like the hundreds of rape cases that go unreported everyday. Try to make rape jokes again. Make sure the nation sees a more horrific version of the Bangalore case. I dare you.
We will not suffer for your sins anymore.
                                                                                                                                     Yours Sincerly,
                                                                                                                      A sixteen year old girl,
                                                                                             On behalf of the Feminist Minority.