#BlackLivesMatter anyone else seeing this as racist?

We have all seen the tag, the protests, the violence, the anger, but has anyone seen the racism?

When I initially raised the question, I was called a racist.

Why?

Well, I suppose it is based in the realm of “it’s a black thing, you wouldn’t understand”.

 

Since I am a human, I understand that ALL LIVES matter. It is not about black lives, it is about lives in general.

Race doesn’t matter. They tell us time and time again about the inequality of their particular race (or gender for that matter). For those of us that do not see race as an issue, because we have moved on, or those that make efforts at being color blind see this as garbage.

So we are supposed to believe that black lives matter more than any others? That is racist by the way that I was taught.

We know that racism is only tolerable if it is done by a minority. (see also American Latino Media Arts Awards, Miss Black USA)

After you refresh yourself on the definition… that do you think? Is #BlackLivesMatter racist? Should it be simply #LivesMatter?

rac·ism
ˈrāˌsizəm/
noun
  1. the belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.
    1. prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior.
      “a program to combat racism”
      synonyms: racial discrimination, racialism, racial prejudice, xenophobia,chauvinism, bigotry, casteism

      “Aborigines are the main victims of racism in Australia”

       

Pushing the limits of respect

After I matured into a full fledged human being and learned compassion, I learned to treat people with a greater level of respect.

Respect for me is earned, not just given.

I tend to give a person a certain level of respect and what they do with it from there is up to them.

Along comes the Westboro Baptist “Church” spewing unbelievable volumes of hatred. I have expressed that had I not had any family, that it would be very tempting to make the entire family martyrs as one of their “protests”.

The Phelps family has lost their patriarch, Fred Phelps.

While the knew response is one of similar hate, we need to rise above them. I did find it ballsy that they asked fro the world to be respectful when they clearly are not.

Yes, it would be fitting for us to stand in line along the procession holding sign that say things like “No Fred, God doesn’t have f*gs, he only hates you.”

The Phelps family is in pain, just like we have all experienced and will experience again. The loss of a loss one, even when they are estranged, is not easy.

Please consider taking the higher ground and don’t throw hate at them right now. Let’s save our hate for a better issue.

Why must someone be prosecuted?

We see too much gun violence thanks to the media’s drive for these stories…

They make good ratings, what will they do when people stop getting shot? Oh wait, people will always be shot or killed in some fashion since people are unable to respect the rights of others.

Before I start, I am sorry that a young woman lost her life, and the hell her family and friends are suffering…

We have another case where the community wants the white guy prosecuted for the death of a non-white.

 

  • Why was the 19 year old out and about at 3:40am?
  • Was this girl one of the only teens without a cell phone?
  • can a citizen racially profile, or is that just a legal term that deals with law enforcement/security/TSA?
  • Common sense tells us that we do not approach houses in the middle of the night (especially in rougher areas).
  • What was her blood alcohol content?

The shooter says that he did not see her face and if that is true… then it is hard for it to be racially motivated.

There were claims that she was shot while leaving the porch, which is false per the police statement.

 

So where does that leave us, other than having a dead woman?

Was the homeowner within his rights? We don’t know, as it is too soon to tell.

Was she pounding on his door, giving him the belief that she was trying to break the door down? At that time of the night, a sleeping person could think so. Since he lived alone, he wasn’t expecting anyone.

Should he be charged? Again, it is too soon to tell. With what little I have in front of me, I am inclined to say no.

I do not see anything compelling me to believe that a crime has been committed. I also do not know if this is a rough area or not as I have not been there. Perhaps one of our readers can shed some light on this for us.

 

Hate crimes

I was tipped off to http://www.freep.com/article/20120828/NEWS06/120828010/MSU-student-s-mouth-stapled-jaw-broken-in-hate-crime-attack   as a potential topic, and I will take that on here.

It may not take the intended direction, as I have a few directions in my mind here.

First and foremost, I wish this young man a speedy recovery in all aspects.

As to the acts against him, I cannot fully express how much this bothers me. I may have issues with Israel, but I have no issues with her tribe.

One of the other directions I take with this is WHY does there have to be additional charges for this? Don’t we already have laws on the books to handle the situation? Do we need to add more?

Since there are differing levels of charges to apply, then they certainly seem appropriate in this case. I have no clue why the police are unsure if they apply. Unless it triggers even more paperwork for themselves, or causes other ramifications for their department as a result of having hate crimes in their jurisdiction.