Hands Up

March 2nd, 2015, 12:01 am

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Gibson Twist, March 1st, 2015, 1:25 pm

No one anywhere says that black lives are the only ones who matter, so please rethink responding to "Black Lives Matter" with "All Lives Matter." Of course they do, but black lives are the ones being taken from us with no level of punishment to their killers. I'm no anarchist (okay, just a little) but police in America are operating with a code of protection that makes sure the only cops who get punished are the ones who speak up against other cops.

Imagine bullying in schools, then imagine the bullies themselves are the only ones who can stop the bullying, and the teachers are on the bullies' side.

I live in St Louis, the flashpoint of the current state of protest and unrest, and I know that what is reported in popular media is almost never the whole or fair truth, sided to the established authority and vilifying the dead. You can be sure the same is true everywhere else. I encourage everyone to learn more, seek alternative media, especially accounts of people who were there, including hours and hours of video taken before, during, and after protests.

The subject is uncomfortable, and the narrative is easier to paint each victim as deserving of their end, or not worthy enough of living, but it's a mistake not to see the collective actions of police as a norm of the national culture. The victims' character flaws and questionable actions have been brought to the fore in an attempt to make them less sympathetic. While some may not be exemplary citizens, do we allow only exemplary citizens to live?

The value of our characters are not what should determine whether we deserve to live, not to be shot down because of rage or racist fear. Sure, all lives matter, including black lives, which is what too many people both in and out of power don't seem to believe. That's why we say it. That's why it's important. That's why they march.

I'm not Michael Brown, but I'm doing my best not to be Darren Wilson.

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SamuraiArtGuy, July 22nd, 2019, 12:26 pm

Right on
"Right On" a phrase from a previous struggle. I am an older person (Can say "Black Power" with nostalgia, not irony) of mixed color and I absolutely get the bizarre contrast of "Black lives Matter" vs "All Lives Matter."

Let's just say, at a pretty young age my mother (darker than Me) had THAT conversation about how to (very carefully) conduct myself around Law Enforcement. This was something my father (lighter than me) apreciated but never fully GROKed.

OF COURSE All Lives Matter. They absolutely should. The problem we have is that to too many people, colored lives - Black, Brown, Yellow, Red - DON'T matter, as much, or at ALL.

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