In order to understand the state of affairs in regards to race relations in America today we must look at history. Our history, American history, we have to look at that dark stain in our history no matter how uncomfortable it is. It is not to make people feel bad for what was but to look toward the future of what can be. Just 50 years ago laws were changed to match the constitution that boasts of the freedoms and liberties of all. However when black men and women... went to register to vote they were met with hostility and physical violence from police officers. Laws changed to protect but attitudes and behaviors did not. We do not get to select the history of America that looks good or that fits into the American narrative. We must look at it all, and learn from it. I want to be able to tell my children history of the future, the history that those before us dreamed of. Not of a history of the past that continues to repeat itself. Although it may not look like lynchings, fire hoses, dogs, billy clubs and so on does not suggest that attitudes have changed. Laws are put in place to protect and keep order yet laws go broken all the time. So when I say black lives matter, I understand and acknowledge that yes all lives matter. However our history and our present would suggest that there is still a divide and worthiness of life for certain groups. In order to understand why black lives matter is appropriate you have got to go back in history. Our history, American history.