I currently reside in the gorgeous and historical downtown Charleston, South Carolina!
I have lived here about 3 years now with my wonderful spouse, we moved here from Pennsylvania!
This is us;
Attempting a selfie on a hot + humid night drinking margarita’s on King Street!
So…..as you can tell, yes, we are an “interracial” couple by label.
Living Up North we have dealt with our fair share of racism + prejudice from a few people….however nothing like what we have come across in Charleston, sadly enough!
Today marks one week since the tragic shooting at the Emanuel AME Church.
Over the past 3 years I have walked past this church almost EVERY SINGLE day, I work down the street, my bank is next door and the location is central to downtown Charleston.
To me this day marks the day when 9 innocent people became victim to a MANIAC!
YES, this church has a very important historical timeline, YES, it was done out of hatred and racism, YES YES YES, I understand! I am not taking any of these facts away!
However….#BlackLivesMatter and Hebrew Israelites and the KKK is ALL SEPARATION! Which to me is fighting AGAINST the one very CORE thing this world needs…
SO for ME….#ALLLIVESMATTER
The Charleston City paper published an article
No, a national #BlackLivesMatter leader did not say, ‘All Lives Matter’
“Man who took off BLM shirt at Ravenel Bridge event has been disavowed by local and national groups”
In the Article it talks about Jay Johnson, the executive director of a separate group called: Offical Black Lives Matter. He attended the UNITY CHAIN at the Arthur Ravenel Bridge where thousands of people gathered to show love and support for the church. Johnson received attention after he removed his #BlackLivesMatter shirt because it “has alienated particular groups.”
And I completely agree…..
Johnson also stated “After what I saw in Charleston, I want to say I’ve had an epiphany, what I saw yesterday was something that I had never seen. I really hadn’t. And it touched me and it touched a lot of different people. I talked it over with my leadership, and they’re like, ‘Listen, man, we’re elevating this thing. Let’s embrace it.'”
It just shows how bias that statement is, #Blacklivesmatter, that the people who coined that phrase want nothing to do with Johnson or his message. They have disavowed him and want it known that they do NOT agree.
To make matters worse…
Elias Lyles, a staff member of the activist organization Southerners On New Ground, says she also saw Johnson for the first time shortly after the Walter Scott shooting. “I’ve been organizing in Charleston for years and I’ve never seen this guy show up until now,” Lyles says. “And he is clearly not with national Black Lives Matter because no national or local Black Lives organizer would ever lead a march with a police chief or say that Black Lives Matter should be replaced by All Lives Matter.”
Asked to respond to the phrase “All Lives Matter” — a common refrain in internet forums and newspaper comment sections long before Johnson’s declaration Sunday night — d’Baha said, “It’s a continuation of white supremacy. When a black affirmation is too strong, it’s softened up to accommodate white ears.”
He added, “You really need to understand what an affirmation is. An affirmation is something that uplifts something; it’s not necessarily against something else. And that’s where there is some confusion: There’s an assumption that because black lives matter, they assume that all lives don’t matter. But that’s not exactly what’s being said … White supremacy operates because of black inferiority and white superiority. So when we are saying, ‘Black lives matter,’ we are uplifting the black inferiority piece and saying black lives matter. It doesn’t take away from anybody else’s lives matter, but it’s an affirmation that actually goes against white supremacy.”
I can understand they are trying to raise awareness for how black people have been treated however the statement to me is seclusive, selective and not uplifting! He speaks as if we live in a world where everything is either BLACK or WHITE! When it comes to gathering in love, not one single person needs to be secluded, that would contradict the very meaning!
There is only one race: human race. Caucasians, Africans, Asians, Indians, Arabs, and Jews are not different races. Rather, they are different ethnicity’s of the human race.
The definition follows as:
the fact or state of belonging to a social group that has a common national or cultural tradition.
I took a break from my blog and on June 20th I first spoke out about this incident on facebook:
“My heart is broken right now, all this turmoil, hate and separation in Charleston. I am exhausted from all opposition that is why I choose LOVE! We all matter and it is unjust and unfair for some more than others and there is hate stemming from all ends of the spectrum! I have never lived somewhere such as Charleston where there is SO MUCH RACIAL TENSION! We need to move on from the past, yes I said it, Lets understand the events of the past and leave it as a memory so we can all forgive and unite to create a world where we are all treated with importance and respect! I know the world is an imperfect place however if we all just try to realize we are all connected and created equal than we can all move forward! I look at tragedy through God’s eyes and see his grace and presence! I ask for prayer for humanity and for love! Please excuse me for a few days as I step away from the blog and find peace in solace with God and to see Charleston reunited after such a horrible experience!”
I will continue to support life, unity and love regardless of opposition!
I LOVE Charleston and will stay….
Please continue to pray;
Your love, support + prayers are still needed as we begin to heal from the loss and turn over a new leaf called
Article in City Paper: No, a national #BlackLivesMatter leader did not say, ‘All Lives Matter’ can be read @ http://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/TheBattery/archives/2015/06/22/no-a-national-blacklivesmatter-leader-did-not-say-all-lives-matter + @ https://www.facebook.com/amanda.gehman.338/posts/10153344173506223