With all the discussion lately about free speech issues, we have lost the core of the issue on Wesleyan’s campus. There has been a lack of Wespeaks actually stating that Black lives DO matter, and arguing against the claim that the movement is a hate group. This is a movement that seeks to raise up previously unheard voices, to highlight the historical and present-day strife that so many citizens are subject to. We are all implicit in upholding this strife, from the administration, to the student body, to Wesleying and Hermes and every predominantly white campus publication, to members of the faculty. The op-ed published two weeks ago simply brought attention to something that is not a new issue on campus. The Black Lives Matter movement was created to call attention to the unjust and brutal killing of Trayvon Martin in 2013, and the subsequent deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. While it is true that violence and prejudice do persist against police office rs, to focus on this is to detract from the issue of systemic and repeated violence against black and brown people in this country. That is where our discussion should be centered in light of recent events. For once, let’s take the conversation back from the cis, het, white man. Black Lives Matter is not a hate group. It is a civil rights movement that fearlessly calls attention to ignored issues of violence and oppression on a macro- and micro- level.