I typically try to not address trolls or the ignorant. I feel that it is giving their ignorance a platform on which to spread their idiotic philosophies. However, every so often, one gets to me to the point where I feel I need to address it. This tweet from @walshfreedom really stuck in my craw.
Once more: if Trump should renounce white supremacists who support him, than Hillary should renounce Black Lives Matter who supports her.
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 26, 2016
I absolutely can not comprehend how people jump to that correlation. How does one equal the other in your mind?
White Supremacy: noun 1. the belief, theory, or doctrine that white people are inherently superior to people from all other racial groups, especially black people, and are therefore rightfully the dominant group in any society.
In short, white supremacists believe that they are better than everyone, but ESPECIALLY black people. What we experience when this belief is acted upon is the systematic racism that keeps blacks in prison at a higher rate, protects cops when they kill us, and denies us equal education.
Black Lives Matter: an international activist movement, originating in the African-American community, that campaigns against violence toward black people. BLM regularly organizes protests around the deaths of black people in killings by law enforcement officers, and broader issues of racial profiling, police brutality, and racial inequality in the United States criminal justice system.
Nowhere in that definition does it state that blacks believe they are better than any other race. In fact, it’s the exact opposite. Black lives matter is about being treated equally as the other races. I don’t know, maybe it’s me, but I’m really not seeing the similarities between the two.
One, promotes hate, the degradation of minorities, and the superiority of one race. The other, is asking for the justice system to work the same for one group of people as it does for everyone else. It would seem that the difference is clear. However, for some reason unbeknownst to me, people struggle with differing between them.
Us shouting out “Black lives matter” is not us saying that black lives are more valuable than any others. We are instead:
- begging for the unjust murders of blacks to invoke the same sense of empathy and outrage that was given to Cecil the Lion.
- crying out for justice when a little boy playing in the park is killed within 2 seconds of the cops arriving on the scene.
- seeking punishment for a man killed for playing with a toy gun in the store that carries it.
- imploring you to care when a woman mysteriously dies in holding after a “routine” traffic stop.
- pleading for you to understand the gravity of a mom having to see her son’s lay in the street for hours after being slain in broad daylight.
- beseeching you to see us as the victim who deserves justice as opposed to looking for a reason to justify why we were killed.