when Black lives don’t matter

And ThugLivesMatter BlackLivesMatter protesters? I’ll call them what they are, too: ASSCLOWNS.

Blogger VR Kaine is in a bit of a pickle about his recent post lambasting Black Lives Matter. I tried to do a response post to make him ashamed of his attitude but have only managed to elicit more yet disjointed rants about race relations in the USA, sprinkled with the kind of personal insults that only someone in a state of advanced cognitive dissonance could bother to spout.

No-one is beyond redemption. So, I thought it might be nice to try a new angle.

Black Lives Matter. As I understand it, the idea behind this movement is to raise awareness of the numbers of specifically Black people being killed and mistreated in the USA.

So, who doesn’t like this movement within the USA? Who thinks that Black lives don’t actually matter? Here are some of my suggestions:

  1. People who deny facts e.g. that loads more Black people are killed than anyone else in the USA; that loads more Black people are in prison; that Black people in the USA experience discrimination and racism on a regular basis.
  2. People who think any problems that Black people face are irrelevant – a combination of they don’t care, they don’t believe racism exists, or they think that Black people need to sort out ‘their own problems’ in a vacuum which isn’t related to other parts of society.
  3. People who blame Black people themselves for the disproportionate number of deaths among their numbers and the mistreatment they tend to face in American society i.e. it’s their fault, they bring it on themselves with their [insert racist insult] ways.
  4. People who don’t like movements that aren’t focused on the perspective of heterosexual men, given that: “Black Lives Matter affirms the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, Black-undocumented folks, folks with records, women and all Black lives along the gender spectrum.  It centers those that have been marginalized within Black liberation movements.” (blacklivesmatter.com/herstory/)

Any other theories would be gratefully received. I’m over the other side of the pond and I’d hate to be making sweeping generalisations or stabs in the dark that aren’t grounded in reality.

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