While scanning news articles on the Internet a day or so ago, I found a very interesting piece from the Washington Post. It was this lo-o-o-o-ng article about a young “lady” (deliberate use of quotation marks) who had decided to attend a rally and voice a protest.
She was a college student – and I found it interesting that her protest was scheduled not for her college campus, where debate used to occur, but at a political rally. Interestingly, she had decided on a Trump rally as the site of her protest.
The article purports to highlight the one-on-one conversation she was having with herself vis-a-vis her plan for the protest. Her self-to-self dialogue contained segments of the usual uninformed, sociopolitical elements utilized by people who are unfamiliar with the facts of the status quo versus history.
Upon arriving at the Trump rally, she mingled with the crowd, took her seat and waited until Mr. Trump began his speech; then she jumped up, moved to the aisle and began to shout, “Black lives matter! Black lives matter!”
She said, “People began to yell back at me, ‘All lives matter! Get out of here!’ I wanted to tell them that, of course, all lives matter, but that they weren’t dealing with the same struggles black people were – police brutality, an unfair justice system, generational poverty. The fact is that our country has ignored our problems for too long.”
I had to re-read that paragraph a couple of times to be sure I was seeing it correctly.
Unfortunately, there is some truth to the phrase, “Ignorance is bliss.” As a “colored,” then “Negro” (pronounced “Nigra” by some), then “Afro-American” which became “African-American,” and now “black” citizen of the United States, I could only shake my head in disbelief. The sad truth is, this student had absolutely no idea what she was talking about.
At the risk of being labeled “out of step,” I could not help but be reminded of some hard facts regarding her assessment of the “struggles of black people.” Here she was in a public arena, filled with mostly white folks, all (as was she) exercising freedom of assembly and speech – guaranteed to all American citizens – where she was yelling, “Black lives matter!”
Back in the day, when I was her age, there was a significantly different set of realities. First of all, I would not have been allowed in the type of meeting she was attempting to disrupt. Blacks then were not allowed in the same public arenas as whites; schools (from primary to university), lunch counters, juvenile delinquent facilities, mental hospitals and even cemeteries were rigidly segregated. There was one bright spot on the horizon, however: We could, as true believers in Christ, be unified in heaven – because then we would all be “washed whiter than snow.” (Someone actually said that to me years ago.)
Her cry at the Trump rally was, “Black lives matter!”
I could not help but wonder why she was not marching or demonstrating in front of a Planned Parenthood center. If black lives matter, why are 78 percent of their clinics located in minority communities?
If black lives matter, and blacks make up only 13 percent of the population, why do they account for 35 percent of all abortions in America? Since 1973, more than 15.5 million blacks have been killed by abortion.
According to Erma Clardy Craven, social worker and civil rights leader (now deceased): “Several years ago, when 17,000 aborted babies were found in a dumpster outside a pathology laboratory in Los Angeles, California, some 12-15,000 were observed to be black.”
As a side note, the founder of Planned Parenthood, Margaret Sanger, was a devout racist who created the Negro Project, designed to sterilize unknowing black women. She said, “Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated.”
Black lives matter!
According to FBI data, more than 1,400 black Americans murdered more blacks in two years than were lynched by whites from 1882 to 1968. In 2012, black males (a mere 6.6 percent of the population) committed a staggering 5,531 murders. (In other words, black people – at just a fifth of the size of the population – committed almost 1,000 more murders than their white counterparts.
Black lives matter?
Let’s just take one example: There have been almost as many deaths in Chicago as there have been in the two major wars carried out by the U.S. military this century, as this city’s death toll is almost equal to that of both wars in Iraq and Afghanistan combined.
Department of Justice statistics show that between 1980 and 2008, black people committed 52 percent of homicides. It would take cops 40 years to kill as many black men as died at the hands of others blacks in 2012 alone.
University of Toledo criminologist Dr. Richard R. Johnson examined the latest crime data from the FBI’s Supplementary Homicide Reports and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and found that an average of 4,472 black men were killed by other black men annually between Jan. 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2012.
In 2013, blacks – 12 percent of the population – committed 38 percent of the murders while whites accounted for just 31 percent.
Black lives matter?
Seems to me our college student was demonstrating in the wrong neighborhood.