Here’s what I hear when a white person says “All Lives Matter” and when they say “more white people are killed by cops”
I hear you saying you don’t give a damn about white people. I hear you, the white person, saying that you don’t give a damn about your own life.
Because if you really believe that being white is a disadvantage, why aren’t you going after police harder than any black person right now? Because that’s not the reason you are saying this. You don’t feel disadvantaged by being white. You just don’t want to hear any one else trying to protect themselves and others that look like them.
If you really feel that there’s an issue with police violence, you’d be out there with everyone protesting and demanding change and justice. There are MANY white protesters who’ve gladly joined forces with the Black Lives Matter movement because they want to see an end to the issue. I’ve seen them at every protest in New Orleans.
But… you … are … not one of them. Because you don’t actually give a damn about police violence. You’re just mad that black and brown people care enough to stand up for rights. It shines a spotlight on your own complacency in the presence of a nation that allows officers to get away with murder.
So ”sorry but I’m damn sure NOT sorry” not even a little bit.
Per capita statistics are always more accurate because they show a true image of inequity. If an issue truly impacts every one equally, per capita, which are per person statistics would show equal or nearly equal numbers.
So let’s compare: 13% of the US population are black men and women, from 0 to 99. Yet, 40% of UNARMED and non violent citizens killed by cops are black, and most of these victims of police violence are between the ages of 15 to 25.
Meanwhile, 32% of unarmed and nonviolent victims of police violence are white, both male and female included and account for approximately 60% of the overall US population.
Making every black person far more likely per interaction with police to be killed than white counterparts.
But even if we put these very telling statistics aside, if you really feel that white Americans are being killed unjustly…
Why are you mad at protestors?
The protestors are not the ones keeping justice from white victims. The protestors are not the one killing white victims while serving as police.
If you are actually aware that police are killing people, if you are actually aware that an unarmed and nonviolent person can be killed by a policeman and the officer gets away with murder… if you really see this is a problem, then WHY would you ever in life, be mad at someone who is trying to end this issue?
I don’t care if you see the issue as more prevalent or not for black and brown citizens.
Because I can’t convince of something you refuse to see.
But by your very statement about white deaths by officers, you admit that you see an issue,
so my questions for you are:
- Are you going to join us and tell the Supreme Court to investigate these murders by cop?
- Are you going to tell the Supreme Court to REVISIT the decision made in 1985 that gives officers the right to kill and get away with it, as long as they claim they felt “their life was in danger?”
Tennessee v. Garner was a case regarding the use of force against UNARMED civilians and the decision reads:
“This case requires us to determine the constitutionality of the use of deadly force to prevent the escape of an apparently unarmed suspected felon. We conclude that such force may not be used unless it is necessary to prevent the escape and the officer has probable cause to believe that the suspect poses a significant threat of death or serious physical injury to the officer or others.”
View the case info HERE
It doesn’t say what constitutes a “significant threat.” It just leaves it up to the officer, who we hope is a normal functioning adult and not some undiagnosed psychopath looking for a chance to live this Grand Theft Auto dreams.
If you’re really outraged then take a stand against this. But don’t get mad at any group that has identified the issue and is doing something to protect lives.
Black Lives Matter has never said that you don’t matter. Black Lives Matter has said police must be held accountable for their actions.