My heart is heavy. The recent news has been filled with so much violence, animosity, hate, distrust, fear, brutality and anger. Starting conversations is an important first step for us as citizens of the world to try to mitigate these somber times. I’d like to start with a conversation about the difference between #BlackLivesMatter and #AllLivesMatter. I’ve seen arguments back and forth on the two expressions, and I admit I was confused at first as well. Let’s clear this up: #BlackLivesMatter started in 2012 following the shooting death of Trayvon Martin (CNN). It started as a conversation about police brutality and inequality. It does not mean that Black Lives Matter more, nor does it mean that only Black Lives Matter. It does not mean that Police Lives don’t matter either. What it is meant to draw attention to is that black lives have historically mattered less in the history of the United States. It means that Black Lives should matter too. An uncomfortable truth for sure, and one that I think many people have struggled with.
How can I help?
Teen Vogue recently posted this article about 10 things that teens can do to help. This article is quite useful for those of us who would like to help but don’t know where to start. I found this quote by the article’s author to be especially powerful:
Chelsea Couillard-Smith, a librarian for Hennepin County (MN) Library, created a #BlackLivesMatter booklist for teens. If you’d like to start conversations about justice and race, be sure to check some of these titles out. They are also all available at BPL.
Are you interested in keeping up with the news and current events? The Boston Public Library has subscriptions to newspapers that you can read in the library or online.
*”Stop the Press” features current events posts by Rebecca, the Teen Librarian at the Grove Hall Branch, on the first Tuesday of every month.