"I heard a voice from heaven saying, 'Son, let this woman be a bride to you in the restoration of my people. Let her be a mother for these people, regenerating souls through the salvation of spirit and water.'" (Hildegard of Bingen, Scivias)

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Black Lives are Sacred Day 16: All Widows Matter?

The Hebraic widows, who were more ethnically aligned with the majority of the church leaders, were just fine. They did not see the issue. Why were these Hellenists so upset? What’s the big deal anyway? A widow is a widow, right?

But, the Hellenist widows WERE being overlooked; they were being treated differently, and valued differently—because of their ethnicity.

So, they spoke up.

When their experience confirmed to them a pattern of discrimination, they started a hashtag, #HellenistWidowsMatter to explain that they, too, were important. They mattered. Their needs and lives were important.

That made some people uncomfortable.

Some dismissed the Hellenist widows as attention seekers. They started a competing hashtag, #AllWidowsMatter, because, they explained, no one was better than anyone else.

The people who started #AllWidowsMatter meant well—they wanted to affirm the value of all widows. Since “all” included the Hellenistic widows they couldn’t see a reason their hashtag was in any way a bad thing—all widows matter.

But, all widows were not being devalued, the marginalized Hellenistic widows explained, the Hellenistic ones were.

Visit Christianity Today to read more of this helpful scriptural analogy about why "Black Lives Matter" means "also," not "only."

And why the true in isolation, possibly well-meaning statements "All Lives Matter," or "Blue Lives Matter," in this context where it is black lives that are being disproportionatley slaughtered, actually function to mean "Shut Up and Stop Saying Black Lives Matter," which means "Black Lives Don't Matter Enough to Talk About." Which means "Black Lives Don't Matter At All."

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