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Human Rights

When No Lives Matter — Begin Transforming

It’s not enough to say, Black Lives Matter. Black Lives are Essential.

Greg Prince
9 min readJun 24, 2020

Emotions are pouring on the streets of our agony. People joined in a cause: Voicing a demand to end the systematic tyranny and violence police inflict on Black lives. Hearts are moved while the law remains the same.

The structure for racism and classism lauded for abolishing slavery in the United States escapes common and public awareness.

All the protests and marches will fail to change the root. Underlying principles allow the United States government and its extensions(state police) to treat persons as property or collateral to dispose of as they see fit.

We must evolve by educating and drastically reforming the base definition comprising our concept of self: Being and existing in the eye of the government. In the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America, a new citizenry is established.

All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.(Contstitution of United States of America 14th Amendment, Section 1)

This amendment appears to be lawful and creating equality for all. But is it? And, why do we find the word privileges instead of Rights stated in the second sentence? Who is granting privileges? Privileges must be granted whereas Rights are recognized.

Or, am I just being a foolish semantic idiot?




Greg Prince

Bringing real feelings along with messages of inspiration and imagination to life. Awakening is the symptom of my infectious condition. Poetry is my condition.