Black Lives Matter

Aerial view of the Black Lives Matter mural in uptown Charlotte. Photo: Maleek Loyd

Our guest blogger today is Melanie Pratt. She is a gospel music multi-media girl, CEO of, @praisecharlotte host, voiceover artist, wife, mommy, lover of God & food and, booking manager @halomanagem.

If you feel excluded or offended by those who celebrate this, welcome to our world!

Many of our daily experiences include benign encounters with things that some describe as “no big deal” because they are “not intended to offend” us. Things that other people enjoy or are beholden to because of their experience, and thus feel are entitled to express or maintain, regardless of how it may impact me. Flags. Statues. Policies. Statues. Traditions. Names.

The difference is in intent. Does the root unify or divide? Some would say Black Lives Matter divides because it separates blacks out, but actually it is a plea for INCLUSION. Inclusion in the number of people who simply have a right to LIVE. Yes, even when we’ve shot up innocent people at church, or massacred children at a school, or “that wasn’t us”, but I digress. Yes, simply a right to LIVE. A basic right. A minimalist request actually–to just MATTER.

Local artists painted a massive “Black Lives Matter” mural on South Tryon Street in uptown on June 9, 2020

If you struggle to understand this, then I’m sorry to tell you that you are a part of the problem. The good news is that if you want to understand, you can work on that. Let’s talk about it.

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