I only recently discovered that it is frowned upon to use the term #alllivesmatter. I must have been living under a rock for the last 3 years, because I had always believed that it was a slogan associated with a person's respect for every living thing - equally - every human, every animal and every plant - EVERYTHING LIVING! But apparently that hippy theory of mine is definitely not the case.
To use or support #alllivesmatter is considered deeply offensive because white people have used it as a form of racial slander against the #blacklivesmatter campaign, which in turn created further tensions and stirred up more hate and fighting, and now there is no way that I can use that term in good conscience.
I am so naive about the whole topic that I literally had no idea that it was even racially linked! I genuinely do believe that all lives matter but I am definitely not going to use that term again because for one thing, I am white and for another, I am afraid that I will offend someone unintentionally if I do use it. I am most certainly not at a racist, and I would not like to be mistaken for one just because I ignorantly misused the term #alllivesmatter.
There is just no room in this world for all of the hate and all of the tension that is occurring on a daily basis. There is absolutely nothing to be gained from everyone pointing out how different we all are from each other all of the time, what we really should be working harder to do is to find more common ground. We are all more alike than we are unalike, and when it comes to this beautiful planet of ours we really are all on the same side.
We need to unite and together we need to march for peace not power. We need to celebrate our differences and empower each other to love and most importantly to heal from a very fractured past. We need to learn to stand tall side by side, against tyranny and oppression, and find peaceful ways to move forwards together with our energies firmly invested on nurturing our planet...but we all know that we are not even close to achieving that goal right now.
While our planet, the one place that we all share together and the one thing that we all have in common withers beneath our feet, we - the people of the globe, would still rather fight and disempower and hate and rape and pillage and steal and condemn; and honestly it just breaks my heart that we are still so damn disillusioned and blinded that we can't see how easy it would be to just love one another instead.
Call me a hippy, call me a dreamer and yes, I suppose that I am both of those things, but you cannot deny that the world would be a far better place to live if we could all just move forward together with a greater purpose. I would love to see that happen in my lifetime, but in reality I am happy to plan and work towards it happening in my grandchildren's; because like I said, we've got a long way to go and the work needs to start now.
Release Date: 2018
Rating: MA 15+
Running Time: 135 mins
A biographical drama directed by Spike Lee and based on the 2014 memoir Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth. I was unsuspectingly lured to the cinema by what appeared to be a pretty amusing trailer for this film, but trust me when I say that a lot of what is happening in this movie is anything but funny. There is certainly a very serious and important message being conveyed in BlacKkKlansman and after premiering at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival the movie has gone on to receive great critical praise for its ultra-relevant subject material.
In the 1970's, an African American Detective at Colorado Springs police department sets out to infiltrate and expose the local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan.
With a sharp script and stellar performances from John David Washington (Denzel Washington's son) as Ron Stallman, Adam Driver as Detective Flip Zimmerman and Topher Grace as David Duke, BlacKkKlansman is gripping from start to end. The 70's have been captured perfectly here from the clothes, the language, the film production and even the style of screen shot, this film has been thoughtfully and authentically produced, and I was completely absorbed throughout every moment.
This is a movie that people are going to be talking about after they have seen it, and so they should, it is excellent and definitely a must see for 2018.
FINAL SAY: Power to the People!
4 Chilli Peppers