How offended, terrified, or angry would you become if I said “Dogs’ Lives Matter” and supported a movement around that brand?
You’d likely answer “Not at all” because your cognition permits you to reason that focusing on due respect for dogs and their well-being doesn’t even remotely suggest a hatred for humans, or any other species.
So why do so many of your brains go on strike as soon as anyone says Black Lives Matter?
For the sake of common sense disclosure, allow me to add that I don’t hate other races. I can easily sit down and chat with anyone over a libation or two. Or even three. I’m one of those annoying-azz people persons you don’t want to see before your first coffee …
Here’s more — I hate neither cops, nor Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
Dallas police officers Lorne Ahrens, Michael Krol, Michael J. Smith, Brent Thompson and Patrick Zamarripa had every right to come home to their loving families, instead of having their lives ended by a sniper’s barrage of bullets.
Here’s what I really hate: White Americans commit most of the crimes in the United States, but Black American drivers are three times more likely to be stopped by police officers.
I hate that Black Americans are 13 percent of the US population, but almost a quarter of people shot by cops so far this year.
I hate how Black Americans serve longer jail sentences (PDF)for the same crimes committed by White Americans.
I hate how the decades-long cycle of racial profiling, police brutality, and shootings of citizens who posed no threat to society have turned into the murderous blowback you just witnessed in Dallas.
I hate how easily my personal experiences of having police officers point their guns at me contribute to a conversation about social justice.
But with visible evidence of deadly inequalities in the American criminal justice system, brain cells immediately power down in some people after hearing the phrase “Black Lives Matter,” leaving only enough juice and programming instructions to chant “All Lives Matter” in angry retort.
The response is sufficient to for me to conclude that most people who say “All Lives Matter” are FOS …
song currently stuck in my head: “for all we know” – abbey lincoln