When Good People Break Your Heart

I'm an avid blog reader even as I have evolved into an inconsistent blogger. I have a few favorite blogs that focus on fashion, home decor, finance etc. In other words, they have a "niche" and a "brand" and that niche/brand has nothing to do with social commentary.

So it makes sense that the recent events in the US - the police killings of Alton Sterling, Philando Castille and the terrorist attack on the Dallas policemen - should not feature in the headlines of my fave blogs. That's my default expectation but with time, I've found their silence disconcerting. Surely,
life is not a glass bubble where reality does not intersect with curtain choices. Can you be a niche blogger and still talk about the issues of the day when they are too grievious to be ignored?

I got my answer today when one of my favorite home decor bloggers wrote a post with the line "All Lives Matter". She broke my heart. I'd rather be oblivious to where she stands on the issue of the injustice the US justice system bestows on black people. I guess the silence would have been preferable to knowing that she falls on the "All Lives Matter" side of the discussion.

See, the people that say "All Lives Matter" in response to "Black Lives Matter" are not the bad people. They're not the cross-burning, black-person-lynching KKK members. Nope! They're fundamentally good people; usually good christian people. And more often than not, they think that every black victim is somehow responsible for the police/vigilante bullet that ended their lives.

  • Treyvon Martin, a 17 year old kid should not have run away then turned and fought a random stranger - bigger than he was - who followed him around his (Treyvon's) neighbourhood for no apparent reason. He should not have been wearing a hoodie! He may have smoked pot. All those reasons justified his death in the hands of a punk with a gun.
  • Tamir Rice, a 12 year old playing with a toy gun in the park should have known that trained police men can't tell the difference between a real gun and a toy gun and would proceed to shoot him on sight
  • Eric Garner shouldn't have been selling cigarettes illegally. Yes but when did the punishment for that crime become being strangled to death by police without a trial?
And on it goes on and on and on. The victim blaming.

Yes police shot him while he was unarmed but do you know that he/she was a ... insert random "bad" act not punishable by death

The good people think that black people need to be more respectful of authority (read respectful as subservient and grovelling because these so called authority figures have power of life and death by virtue of a badge and a salary funded by taxpayers). 

Good people are certainly not racist. Good people live in a bubble where their biggest crime is not that they hate black people; it's that they're indifferent to black people because they do not see them as having equivalent humanity. They cannot relate to the trials of black people with any decent measure of empathy. It's really back to one black person = 3/5 of one white person.

These good people mask their indifference with a cloak of loving christian piety. 
Black lives matter we say. 
Well, ALL lives matter to God they reply. 
That's true but you're not God. Do all lives really matter to you? Or are you still living in a 60% world.

1 comment :

  1. Thank you for speaking up. I don't comment much on social issues but I hope I am clear on my blog about what my values are and what sides of issues I align with. However, a recent post I did shows that is not true - I asked readers questions about me, and not all readers knew where I stood an an "obvious" political issue. I know that some blogs and blog readers scrupulously avoid politics and religion so they won't offend anyone. That is not my intention. Sometimes I'm intimidated because there are such good political bloggers out there. And I do tend to react to things readily on Facebook among people I know personally. I need to have a blog strategy - or just be more immediate about how I feel about the issues.
    You've probably seen the All Houses Matter analogy:


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