Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch has released a video in which she addresses this time of “fear and uncertainty” when “our rights are being rolled back.” Lynch refers to a time when people “banded together” in order to stand up for their rights, to achieve the ideals of our Founding Fathers.
After that, things get a little bit dicier because she starts talking about marching, blood, and death.
While Lynch doesn’t come right out and say who she is talking to, the context would lead us to believe she is talking to her fellow African Americans.
At this point, I feel I would be remiss if I let my white guilt get in the way of asking a few honest questions. Which rights have been rolled back exactly? What is it that this African American Attorney General appointed by a black President hopes to do or achieve that has been kept from her?
Also, even if her assertions were true and American were moving back toward oppression (which would be a truly horrible thing, I think we can all agree), is the kind of “banding together” preached by the Black Lives Matter movement actually going to help? Or would it, in reality, give people looking for an excuse to stereotype and oppress an open door to do so?
Here’s the good news, the Civil Rights movement worked. The bad news is that Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of us not seeing color still isn’t a reality. But this time it’s because of people like Lynch who plant the seeds of discontent and division.