Dear fellow white people, let's have an honest talk about why we say "All Lives Matter." First of all, notice that no one was saying "All Lives Matter" before people started saying "Black Lives Matter." Apparently, something about the statement "Black Lives Matter" makes us uncomfortable. Why is that?
The movement for ethnic studies, diversity hiring, and increased funding for campus cultural centers is not a zero-sum game in which people of color win and white people lose. Quite the contrary: we all win, not only in experiencing a truly transformative education, but in claiming our fullest humanity.
Just like anything that resides in our unconscious, our biases can rear their misinformed heads and lead us to say or do some pretty stinky stuff sometimes. When we do, here's a list of suggestions that might help to process that lousy feeling, grow through it, take responsibility for ourselves, and become less likely to act out our biases in the future.
To further promote better relations between Muslims and non-Muslims as well as people of different skin colors, it is imperative that media outlets highlight Muhammad's anti-racist ethos. Rather than being a divisive figure, Muhammad is an inspiration for those working to rid the world of the evil of racism.