Last week, I read a historically and culturally-clueless Facebook post from someone who iterated that "All Lives Matter". The person even had Black sympathizers! *face palm* Why is it that anytime Black people decide to assert their human rights, a White person and one of their brainwashed token sycophants wants to protest it? (See Herman Cain, Ben Carson, Clarence Thomas, Larry Elder, and the proliferation of black conservative pundits on social media) When have all lives mattered in the divided states of America? Do all lives truly matter or is it just an asinine tactic to divert attention from a human rights campaign that really should matter and be the center of attention? Are white folk truly in fear for their lives or are they upset because black people are fighting back with the same tactics that have been used against them for decades? Or is it that the isolated violence is creeping too close their suburban homes and outside of the heavily police-patrolled and politically-controlled inner-city neighborhoods?
Some White people and brainwashed Black people have gone to the extent of arguing that we are the sole blame of our demise. They argue that Black-on-Black crime is the precipitator of the low-premium on Black life in America, but I vehemently disagree and hear me out. The black community has much progress to contend with, but realize that Black folk were robbed of the equal and equitable economic, political, and social foundation that white folk have had since the beginning the birth of America. Anyone who has been physically, psychologically, socially, and financially chained for hundreds of years would be still negotiating many calamitous obstacles today. Now, let me get back to my point: human rights. Black Lives Matter speaks to human rights violations that have plagued the black community for hundreds of years. Why is this hard to understand? I expected people outside of my race to debate me on this, but for members of my own race to unintelligently combat this truth is baffling. Black-on-Black crime is an effect of the low-premium on Black lives since we were ripped away from our native African countries and forced into slavery in the Americas hundreds of years ago. During slavery, we were deemed commodities and goods---chattel. When the US Constitution was written, the founders, white men, deemed Black men 3/5ths of a man. We weren't even considered citizens until the 14th amendment. Yes, Black-on-Black crime needs to stop immediately; however, to say that Black-on-Black crime is somehow responsible for the low premium on Black lives is facetious. This discourse must be framed within the historical context of Black and White relations in America. If not and you choose to argue in a vacuum, your points are invalidated. Black people in America and law enforcement have never been on good speaking terms. The relationship has always been estranged.
You shouldn’t try invalidating one’s argument just because it doesn’t fit into your narrative. Back in the '90s there was a massive “save the whales” campaign, which is still ongoing by the way. Yet, I don’t recall anyone ever saying “save all animals” or trying to derail the campaign and why would they? All animals were not endangered and therefore didn’t need saving.
For decades, cops, judges, and juries have turned a blind eye to the asphyxiation of Black life in America. That ends now. The millennial generation has made a conscious decision to rise up and disallow history to simply repeat itself. Winston Churchill once said “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.”
History is changing, America. Your chickens have come home to roost.