Thursday, September 10, 2015

The Truth of ‘Black Lives Matter’

From the New York Times editorial board:

The Republican Party and its acolytes in the news media are trying to demonize the protest movement that has sprung up in response to the all-too-common police killings of unarmed African-Americans across the country. The intent of the campaign — evident in comments by politicians like Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina, Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky — is to cast the phrase “Black Lives Matter” as an inflammatory or even hateful anti-white expression that has no legitimate place in a civil rights campaign.

More here.

In twenty first century America, being "color blind" is good only for the racist white power structure. I mean, by all means, judge a man by the content of his character. But when white conservatives run around loudly proclaiming "all lives matter," the aim is not only to discredit the Black Lives Matter movement - as what? racist? - but also, more generally, to get other whites to ignore racism. After all, when you're "color blind" you can't see that someone is being oppressed because of his race. Must be some other reason. Maybe he had it coming. Maybe he smoked some marijuana or something, wore a hoodie, talked back to a cop, whatever.

We need to see race. We need to know that black lives matter. And that's harder to do when white conservatives are always correcting us to say "all lives matter." Screw these people.