Monday, January 5, 2015

Black Lives Matter and the N-Word

Every time I hear the newest mantra that "Black Lives Matter", I am reminded of the use of the N-Word.  Among blacks, the N-Word can be freely used as both a noun and an adjective.  But, have one white person use that word, and it's racism. On the other hand, its apparently alright, that of the 10,000 to 12,000 murders each year, half are black and, of that half, 93% (roughly 5100) are committed by other blacks.  But, have one white cop kill an unarmed black person -- even for a justifiable reason -- and it, too, is racism. 

The simple fact is that the killing of unarmed blacks is quite rare when compared to the daily killing that takes place between blacks themselves in this nation. The website Gawker and their page titled "Unarmed People of Color Killed by Police, 1999-2014" shows the faces of a total of 70 unarmed blacks who have been killed by police in the last 15 years:

In that same Gawker site, it mentions that the NAACP tweeted that a total of 76 unarmed blacks had been killed by cops since 1999.   Whether it is 70 or 76, it's an insignificant number when compared to the number of blacks killing each other; every year.

So, in my opinion, the "Black Lives Matter" mantra is nothing but a political buzz phrase that does a complete disservice to the police in this country. If black lives really do matter then, people like Hillary Clinton and the Al Sharpton should be focusing on the main cause of all black murders.  Simply focusing on a the approximately 5 unarmed blacks dying at the hands of cops each year, cheapens the deaths of so many others that are being killed -- many of which are drive-by executions -- by persons of their own race.


Black Lives Matter | Not a Moment, a Movement:

Protesters mark New Year with 'Black Lives Matter' marches across US:

Hillary Clinton denounces torture and says 'black lives matter':

Thousands join Al Sharpton in 'Justice for All' march in D.C.:Thousands of demonstrators streamed down Pennsylvania Avenue on Saturday, shouting “Black lives matter":

 Unarmed People of Color Killed by Police, 1999-2014:

Race and crime in the United States:

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