#BlueLivesMatter and #AllLivesMatter need to quit being obtuse about #BlackLivesMatter.
This post goes out to the dense folk. The intentionally slow-witted. The pigheaded pinheads. The pinheaded pigheads as well.
This demographic is filled with spite and they turned their intellect off so their brains won’t short-circuit. Deep thinkers they ain’t. Their mental activity happens at the shallow end of the pool. I’m just a white dude observing these folks’ exasperation from a distance. They look like they want to discredit Black Lives Matter while also not giving much thought to why Black Lives Matter exists. It appears that their goal is to stop all progress without listening to any of the grievances. Their cries of indignation seem to indicate that they are outraged about black-on-black crime. Here, I will offer my two cents in order to enlighten this group.
These folks say they love cops. But many don’t truly love cops. They love the idea of cops. To them, 911 is this magic number that functions as an extension of their bodies. In return for being able to wield this superpower, these folks feel duty-bound to bend their minds into pretzels rationalizing every incident of police brutality against BIPOC. The privileged dimwits will kickstart their brain cells and furiously rub them together coming up with weak excuses. And they’ll keep the weak excuses coming until the other side gets exhausted from dealing with overt stupidity. It took the filmed murder of George Floyd to quiet most of the superficial attempts to ‘splain away the violence. Yeah…the video disturbed the vast majority of humans. Which is a sign of being human.
But these people have begun to think that the protesters have had their fun and it all needs to start winding down. Yeah, yeah, they’re saying, George Floyd is dead and Ahmaud Arbery’s killers will face charges and Breonna Taylor’s killers should be arrested sooner or later and Elijah McClain’s murderers will be prosecuted—so the whole problem has gone away and everyone can go home. According to their turned-off minds, the police brutality issue has been resolved.
Now that it’s time to shut the protesters up, these people have brought out one of their old standby tactics: use black-on-black murder rates to redirect the conversation and cloud the issue.
Some ask, “So why isn’t Black Lives Matter protesting those murders—why do they only march when cops kill them?” Others bleat, “WhY dOEsN’t BLm pROtEst blAcK-on-BLacK cRiMe???!!!” In both cases, these people will conjure up as much empathy as they can conjure up as they converse. They do their best to really, really care about innocent people getting murdered in places like Chicago and Baltimore.
Nothing wrong with their words: the violence committed by black people against other black people is indeed awful. It occurs far too often. So many tragedies, ordinary civilians just wanting to live their lives. Children dying, elderly getting assaulted, random shootings—yes, all of this happens and it needs to stop.
Here is why Black Lives Matter protests don’t focus on black-on-black violence: organized demonstrations work against institutions, but they do nothing to help stop individual criminals. Marches disrupt a society’s everyday pace, which affects the institutions responsible for keeping that pace. Criminals don’t play a role in keeping the pace, police do. Criminals don’t make their living off of the taxpayers. Cops do. Cops are an instrument of the institution. Criminals aren’t. Police brutality is an institutional problem. Killers and drug dealers don’t live within the confines of society.
Police not only live within the confines of society, they get paid to protect society—and they kill the BIPOC who pay their salaries at higher rates than they kill whites. Overall, more Americans die at the hands of police; it’s an issue unique to this first-world country. So…one would think that the people trying to deflect would instead want to join the let’s-cut-down-on-unnecessary-deaths cause, right? But what do I know? I’m just a guy with revolutionary views like education should be more attainable and billionaires shouldn’t run the world.
Hypothetically, say an old black man gets gunned down by a drug dealer. What good would staging a protest do? And contrary to what Fox News pundits say, people are working to fight black-on-black crime. Instead of staging mass demonstrations, concerned citizens are conducting community outreach, running crisis intervention programs, pushing for educational reform and economic investment, coordinating with the varied efforts of religious groups—and this work is happening every day, all around the United States, in big cities, rural counties, and everywhere in between. Many of these people also identify with Black Lives Matter. Yes, it’s possible to support many efforts at once.
If those who disparage BLM feel up for it, they could jump in. Since they kvetch about it so much, why don’t they help? Many organizations are focused on improving the quality of life in lower-income areas. And their solutions address the problems more effectively than mass protests would. Guess what, BLM haters? These organizations could always use support.
The people who die at the hands of police also pay for the police. This is why people march. These historic protests will only continue until changes begin to happen.
No justice, no peace.
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