Before the coronavirus pandemic and the shut down of a huge number of public places across the country, mass shootings were happening at an alarming rate. It seemed there was a new tragedy occurring every single day at colleges, churches, movie theaters, Walmarts, and anywhere else.
When asked to respond or to intervene, the most the American government offered was its “thought and prayers.” That phrase was not only repeated countless times, but voiced by every politician on the news and added as a hashtag to every social media post. In lieu of actual gun reform laws demanded by mass shooting survivors, the government offered empty promises.
Now, the same thing is happening in the fight against police brutality and white supremacy. Instead of supporting social justice policies or advocating for systemic reform, politicians with the power to implement much needed changes are offering up the phrase, “Black Lives Matter.” It’s a cop out.
On today’s episode of The Breakdown, Shaun unpacks and explains the parallels between “thoughts and prayers” and “Black lives matter,” and what we can do to turn these phrases into tangible change.