Black Lives Matter
For everyone in the USA, and maybe even for those in other parts of the world, the Black Lives Matter movement has catapulted to the forefront of everyone's mind. It has been years in the making but this week the peaceful protest took a violent turn in several major cities. While most demonstrations were peaceful, the attention grabbing headlines were the riots, looting and violence. But, despite the negative attention that the violence has received, it has also (or so it seems) lit a fire in the bellies of people of all backgrounds. The number of demonstrations across the country has grown exponentially and the movement has challenged the status quo of nearly every industry.
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Besides the fact that it is a major movement challenging many establishments, it is also an incredibly important moment for all parents. This historic movement seeks to stand up to injustice and to fight systematic racism across the United States. The protesters are putting their beliefs and emotions on full display for everyone to see despite any consequences they may encounter. It's a powerful and awe-inspiring act of individuals coming together to make real change for themselves and future generations. The courage on display is something to be admired.
These protesters and demonstrators are showing current and future generations what it means to stand up for what is right. As parents this is a message that we MUST instill in our children. That being part of humanity means treating all people with love and respect while not tolerating injustice in any form. That doing the right thing is ALWAYS the correct course of action.
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" - Martin Luther King Jr.
Our children are the future and whatever the Black Lives Matter movement achieves, we as parents must ensure that the courage, conviction and moral fortitude demonstrated is ingrained in the next generation. It should not take a movement such as this to ensure that all people are treated equally or that basic humanity is extended to people of all backgrounds. By raising our children to expect a higher standard from themselves and everyone around them, perhaps the world will be a brighter place for everyone, not just those with the "right" appearance.