The reason "Black Lives Matter" needs to be shouted is because American history ignored black history, didn't tell black stories. The founding documents of American society didn't include black life. When black folk say "Black Lives Matter," they are in search of simple recognition. That they are decent human beings, that they aren't likely to commit crimes, that they're reasonably smart. That they're no more evil than the next person, that they're willing to work hard to get ahead, that they love their kids and want them to do better than they did. That they are loving and kind and compassionate. And that they should be treated with the same respect that the average, nondescript, unexceptional white male routinely receives without fanfare or the expectation of gratitude in return.
-- Michael Eric Dyson, Tears We Cannot Stop, p. 92-93