Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Black Lies Matter

“For every Trayvon Martin killed by someone not black [whether white, Asian, or Latino], nine other blacks were murdered by someone black,” wrote John W. Fountain, an award-winning journalist, and professor at Roosevelt University. . . . [Fountain continues,] Imagine Soldier Field . . . filled beyond capacity, brimming with 63,879 young African-American men, ages 18-24—more than U.S. losses in the entire Vietnam conflict. Imagine the University of Michigan’s football stadium—the largest in the U.S.—filled to the limit of 109,901 with black men. Now add 28,233 more—together totaling more than U.S. deaths in World War I. . . . The national tally of black males 14 and older murdered in America over a 30-year period from 1976-2005, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics: 214,661 [roughly 192,000 of which were killed by blacks]. (30)" From Black Lies Matter by Taleeb Starkes, 2016

This book was written before Donald Trump became president, and the point of view and statistics have nothing to do with the current riots and destruction (which were on their way). But it does supply some detail on the narrative that if we just got rid of cops everything hurting or killing blacks would be over. It was building as an issue long before Minneapolis and George Floyd.
Most murders are intra-racial, so you could also fill up a few stadiums with whites killed by whites--however, white Americans do not riot when a policeman, black or white, shoots a white criminal resisting arrest when wanted for rape (Blake) or addled by drugs with a long rap sheet and resisting arrest (Floyd).

BLM is a relatively new organization (created by 3 radical feminists when Martin, a black teen, was shot by a neighborhood private security guard who was Hispanic), but has built up its wealth on the efforts of other groups that came before them going back decades.

(written a year ago)

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