Christian NFL Star Benjamin Watson on What Black Lives Matter Means to Him

Benjamin Watson
Benjamin Watson

Following the killing of five police officers in Dallas by a black man who said he “wanted to kill white people” and two officer-involved shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota last week, Benjamin Watson, one of the NFL’s most outspoken athletes, explains what Black Lives Matter means to him.

“At times in my life I’ve felt that black lives didn’t matter to some white people or even some black people. I’ve even believed the myth that my life somehow wasn’t as important as my white classmates, teammates and friends,” the Baltimore Ravens tight end wrote in a lengthy Facebook post on Sunday. “Whether we are totally naïve or if we intentionally promote such a message, by listening and watching closely we will easily see that in many ways black lives don’t matter.”

While many in the Black Lives Matter movement have called for peaceful demonstrations against police shootings of black men, the group is becoming more controversial and seen as divisive for barring non-black students from meetings on college campuses, and for its leaders in New York City and Oakland chanting: “what do we want: dead cops; when do we want ’em: now” and “pigs in a blanket, fry ’em like bacon.”

Similarly, former Democratic governor of Maryland and presidential candidate Martin O’Malley was attacked last July for saying: “Black lives matter. White lives matter. All lives matter.”

While Americans are divided on social media using either the hashtag #blacklivesmatter or #alllivesmatter, Watson listed examples that reveal the many ways black lives aren’t being valued in America.

The athlete cited a litany of concerns that include: the lack of education concerning black history, colorism within the black community, black on black crime, the political stifling of programs to help marginalized black people, biased media coverage, fatherless homes and negative experiences with police as reasons black people have felt their lives don’t matter.

He stressed, however, the importance of being intentional in creating interracial bonds, speaking against racism and letting God determine the value of people.

“Black Lives Matter when all lives know their God given, intrinsic worth and realize that men foolishly look on the outward appearance but God looks at the heart. That’s when we will no longer let these injustices define us or continue to perpetuate the attitudes, actions, and assumptions that force us to raise our voices and scream about whose lives matter,” he wrote. “So historically, and in many ways presently, black lives don’t matter, but so what. We make them matter where they don’t.”

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
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