A Reminder of Why it’s BLM not ALM

From Fusion via Ohio State Senator Nina Turner’s Twitter feed.

5 Paragraphs on why it’s Black Lives Matter.  From GeekAesthete of Reddit…

Imagine that you’re sitting down to dinner with your family, and while everyone else gets a serving of the meal, you don’t get any. So you say “I should get my fair share.” And as a direct response to this, your dad corrects you, saying, “everyone should get their fair share.” Now, that’s a wonderful sentiment — indeed, everyone should, and that was kinda your point in the first place: that you should be a part of everyone, and you should get your fair share also. However, dad’s smart-ass comment just dismissed you and didn’t solve the problem that you still haven’t gotten any!

The problem is that the statement “I should get my fair share” had an implicit “too” at the end: “I should get my fair share, too, just like everyone else.” But your dad’s response treated your statement as though you meant “only I should get my fair share”, which clearly was not your intention. As a result, his statement that “everyone should get their fair share,” while true, only served to ignore the problem you were trying to point out.

That’s the situation of the “black lives matter” movement. Culture, laws, the arts, religion, and everyone else repeatedly suggest that all lives should matter. Clearly, that message already abounds in our society.

The problem is that, in practice, the world doesn’t work that way. You see the film Nightcrawler? You know the part where Renee Russo tells Jake Gyllenhal that she doesn’t want footage of a black or latino person dying, she wants news stories about affluent white people being killed? That’s not made up out of whole cloth — there is a news bias toward stories that the majority of the audience (who are white) can identify with. So when a young black man gets killed (prior to the recent police shootings), it’s generally not considered “news”, while a middle-aged white woman being killed is treated as news. And to a large degree, that is accurate — young black men are killed in significantly disproportionate numbers, which is why we don’t treat it as anything new. But the result is that, societally, we don’t pay as much attention to certain people’s deaths as we do to others. So, currently, we don’t treat all lives as though they matter equally.

Just like asking dad for your fair share, the phrase “black lives matter” also has an implicit “too” at the end: it’s saying that black lives should also matter. But responding to this by saying “all lives matter” is willfully going back to ignoring the problem. It’s a way of dismissing the statement by falsely suggesting that it means “only black lives matter,” when that is obviously not the case. And so saying “all lives matter” as a direct response to “black lives matter” is essentially saying that we should just go back to ignoring the problem but racism among prominent Democrats continued “well into the 20th century.” Can you imagine? But we’ve been working feverishly for decades to keep our shameful past swept under the rug, so virtually nobody knows this anymore.

And here is Sean Hannity putting the Black All Lives Matter trope to action.  It’s cringe worthy to hear Sean talking to the reporter through his ear-piece then the reporter having to translate Sean’s questions to people who generally had great answers.  Also, the due process that Sean asked about in one of his questions is exactly what Black Lives Matters is about.  There has been no due process for people like Alton Sterling and Philando Castile



12 thoughts on “A Reminder of Why it’s BLM not ALM

  1. Shak says:

    That’s the worst analogy I’ve heard yet.
    All lives do matter, whether you like it or not.
    Try bringing something to the table if you want your fair share.

    1. You have to take it in context Shak. Of course all lives matter. What Sean Hannity doesn’t want to address is that there are systemic unequal justice when black lives are concerned. This is, as they say self evident.

      Check out that video. He is going to a protest in Baton Rouge and asking them to attest to the obvious, yes, all lives matter. That isn’t why they are there. They are there out of a very real reaction to evidence of the brutal and unnecessary killing of another black male by those we all depend on to protect all of us. It’s a real problem.

      Here is President Obama two days ago…

      “So when people say “Black Lives Matter,” that doesn’t mean blue lives don’t matter; it just means all lives matter, but right now the big concern is the fact that the data shows black folks are more vulnerable to these kinds of incidents.”

      Black “folks” are more vulnerable to injustices of our justice system. Often these instances are deadly. Do you disagree?

      1. Shak says:

        The stats prove that tyranny has hit all races & statuses. Yet the president & his shills promote the spin that fits an agenda. His agenda. His agenda lacks originality. He’s a puppet, nothing less, nothing more.

    2. Henchman Of Justice says:

      Exactly, analogy uses different scenarios and events………does daddyoe then become frazzeled and kill the kid……no.

      “So when a young black man gets killed (prior to the recent police shootings), it’s generally not considered “news”, while a middle-aged white woman being killed is treated as news.” ~ cited by Liberal J


      True, when discussing black on black killings.

      False, when discussing white cops on black killings.

      What difference does age make in the victim? Why are “middle aged women” being broadcasted as victims, but not :middle aged men”? Why are “children and public safety” used as politicized tools to deceive in order good people in order to regulate changes and grow gubbamint larger and larger and larger at the expense of the people being deceived?

  2. Shak says:

    Hey Dad, did you know that most crimes committed are black on black. How can we fix this?
    Hey Dad, why do 2x’s as many Caucasians get killed by the police than blacks? How can we fix this?
    Hey Dad, why are groups being paid money by a 1%’er to stir up animosity and bring in martial law? How can we fix this?
    Hey Dad, most of the people I have admired over the years for following their dreams are suddenly damming my dreams. How can we fix this?
    Hey Dad, why are the richest people I’ve ever met, complaining about inequality instead of opening trade schools? Oprah, Smith, Beyoncé, Cher, Damon, Jackson, the other Jackson, Ali, and so on?
    Hey Dad, would you like some help clearing the table after you’re finished eating? My apologies for forgetting to bring home enough Ramen noodles for everyone. I won’t forget next time! In fact, I’m sick & tired of Ramen. I think I’ll enroll in the Chef school & learn how to cook a meal fit for a king. I owe you Dad!

    1. A powerful example of this is when Black communities protest the systematic assault by police on their communities and a Fox news pundit, media representative, or even a professor counters by asking,What about Black on Black crime? This is a derailing strategy because people feel compelled to respond to the question of “Black on Black crime,” while the conversation regarding police brutality is interrupted. However, it is a mistake to respond to the question of “Black on Black crime.” It is a classic derailing strategy because it seeks to turn the focus away from the issue at hand and onto the protesting community, as if to say that you are not allowed to call out the violence of the state unless everything and everyone in your community is in order. It is also a derailing strategy because it suggests that one issue necessarily replaces the other.

      Here a potential response could be,Why are you raising the question of “Black on Black crime”? Is it because you think that somehow the fact that “Black on Black crime” exists as a phenomenon that we should cease calling out what is a very long and evidenced history of police brutality targeting Black communities (the most recent examples of which are the Justice Department’s reports on racial profiling and “excessive force” in both Ferguson and Cleveland)? Are police brutality and “Black on Black crime” somehow mutually exclusive in your imagination? In other words, do you think that if “Black on Black crime” exists, then somehow the issue of police brutality doesn’t, or that as long as “Black on Black crime” exists, we should never bring up the issue of police brutality? If the answer is no, then let us return to the issue at hand, which is about addressing all of the ways in which police have been given the power to “use excessive force” and even murder with impunity when it comes to Black communities.

      excerpt from here…http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/29525-confronting-the-rhetoric-of-black-on-black-crime-a-response-to-derailing-strategies
      by Xhercis Méndez

    2. Henchman Of Justice says:

      Exactly, and “hey dad, is the dinner table occupied by the United Nations representation off all colors of skin and only the black color is being discriminated against?”

      As if whites are not victims to white cops……more white cop, dead black media than white cop, dead white media coverage. Why? Probably because the differences are political. Blacks is about racism, whites is about police state/tyranny.

      Now, as a gubbamint operates, which media coverage would it prefer……obviously the choice less exposable to corruption……ya see, corruption is complicit in both scenarios, but racism is a better deflection tool, so people become apathetic to the actual provlwm/threat…..corruption in government that allows continuances of duplicative actions/results.

      It is hard for the down voters on this blog site to comprehend that a seer seeks communication to forewarn of future events, not that the seer necessarily IS that which he forewarns. Cops better shape up, or they are gonna start dying at the hands of assassins more and more and more. It does not have to be this way, but when a police state and fascist/oligarchial/autocratic/dictatorship style of governance is quickly constructing itself, then more people become abused by gubbamint, in life and lead up to death.

      America is what it now is because America was taken over by corporate industrialization and gubbamint by men and women over a long period of time who have colluded for power and control. When elites of the public sector and the private sector collude to corrupt and defraud, then Death is at all of Americas front doors.

      Society, as we know of it, is gonna get UGLY.

  3. Bushytails says:

    I clicked this thinking was going to be something about the Bureau of Land Management. If you’re going to make up acronyms, don’t reuse major existing ones.

    1. Sorry bushy – I don’t like to take up to much of LoCO’s Elsewhere space with long headlines. I’ll keep it in mind.

      1. Henchman Of Justice says:

        Did LoCo post headline rules on number of characters in the headline? Wow, You did not want to be over burdensome; or, it was a headline tactical maneuver that peeks interest…..Hillary pulls that kinda stuff too, and The Donald, and LoCO, and CNN, and Fox, and, and, and…….Jon, you learn quickly.

  4. Henchman Of Justice says:

    Test #1, as either moderator is now censoring perfectly ettiquette comments or system error with blog.

    Guiliani comment, BLM is about agitating police, not ALM or black on black killings. Issue is cops are a public servant, lowly blacks are not, just like lowly whites are not, lowly hispanics are not, etc…Media interviewees during racism agendas actually spread the sexism agenda too when you listen to the pro masculine only comments that totally do not recognize women as being equals in the issue too…….irony.

  5. Henchman Of Justice says:

    Fresno cop murders unarmed 19 years of age white male, here are facts:

    1) Media out to lunch except NPR

    2) 19 year old questioned for something falsely.

    3) 19 year old is not stable, mental health issues.

    4) cops make orders inconsequential to the situation, yet again like all cops do.

    5) cops shot 19 year old male when he walked (no running) in their direction.

    6) Once shot, victim is moving in pain, laying on ground in agony.

    7) cop says move and he’ll shoot again.

    8) Cop shot twice more and murdered a man who could not help moving on the ground laying down in pain.

    Pigs are trained to murder white people too.

    19 year old white male dead, and where is Hillary or Trump or Sanders or Wasserman-Schulz or even Ed Schultz former cnbc whack job hired by Putin to deliver propaganda and lies, Paul Ryan, everyone on cnn, msnbc, cnbc, fox, blm, alm, etc….

    Democracy is Hypocrisy.

    Credibility with any media ran by liberals, proggies, and conservatives is all massaged to deceive.

    Loyalists to party politics are enablers, aiders and abeters.

    Vote anyone but Hillary and Trump.

    Down with the two party political system and its enablers.

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