All Lives Matter: Truth And Reconciliation In America

This is a Black Lives Matter Banner in Charlotte, NC, November 2015. Camera - Canon 7D Mark II, Lens - Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS
This is a Black Lives Matter Banner in Charlotte, NC, November 2015. Camera - Canon 7D Mark II, Lens - Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM

All lives matter movements events throughout the country have once again left us scrambling for a solution to America's race problem, not only the earthshaking events of violence, destruction and disregard for human life but more so the frustration in many American communities. The national debate that should be taking place is not what threat do African Americans pose to police and American society but more so how we can correct a history of exclusion, oppression, legal and systematic racism against a community that remains loyal to a country that has treated them as outsiders. Historical racism between police forces and African Americans throughout the country has led to climate of distrust, hate and disregard for black lives that has fueled much of the frustration that is being depicted today. These race riots have taken away the best of who we are as Americans and what we can become as a society.

These events continue to voice the frustration of upward economic mobility, social despair, disregard for black lives, police brutality and many other social ills that many African American communities are embedded in. The recent riots only addressed police brutality but gone from the discussion that should be taking place are the continued economic class warfare that has plagued many of these inner city communities. The idea of Americans living in a post-racial society where all races are guaranteed the benefits of the American dream and a society where race and racism no longer exists have almost disappeared in many urban minority communities.

Thus, there lies the problem among many poor urban cities, these issues compounded with excessive police distrust and frustration has led to many of the urban riots we encounter today. Class disparities continue to be an important element that define many black and brown inner cities and compelled with the lack of upward economic mobility opportunities this can be easily use to gauge many African American communities. The failure to have a constructive dialogue on many of the urban issues that affect many African American communities is the underlying cause of the frustration among many inner-city urban dwellers.

There needs to be a national discussion that should not be taking place only in areas of riots but throughout the nation on America's social ills. The dialogue must include different races, police, community activist, political leaders, clergy and any other members of inner urban communities. Racial hatred continues to permeate our society in ways we don't even realize and it has continued to define who we are and what we stand for as nation that leads the free world and preaches democracy.

The idea of Americans living in a post racial society where all races are guaranteed the socio-economic benefits of the American dream and a society where race and racism no longer exists have almost disappeared in many African American communities. African Americans and other minority groups remain one of the most underrepresented communities in schools, the workforce and other sectors in American society due to a direct result of economic racism, class discrimination and more so their exclusion from the American pie. All lives matters, because America matters. Black lives matter, because American lives matter.