We scream Black Lives Matter not because they matter more than other lives. We scream Black Lives Matter because, when black lives are taken by the people hired to protect ALL lives, justice is seldom served.
We scream Black Lives Matter because we need to remind people that a black life taken, is a human life taken. And when a black person is slain, they too deserve justice. Black Lives Matter.
Far too often, black people are seen as a threat. Far too often, black people pay for crimes (committed or imagined) with their lives. Far too often, it is more dangerous to be black and assumed dangerous than it is to actually have a weapon.
Black Lives Matter because, every time you kill one of us and don't offer consequences, you're telling us they don't. And so we respond, Black Lives Matter.
Black Lives Matter because they do. And they should. And we'll keep saying it until the justice system shows us that they understand this simple fact too.
I matter. You matter. Black Lives Matter.