From The Hill:
Two out of three black people prefer the term “all lives matter” to “black lives matter,” according to a Rasmussen poll released Thursday. Only 31 percent of black people surveyed said that the statement “black lives matter” most closely comports to their own beliefs, compared to 64 percent who chose “all lives matter.”Seventy-eight percent of total respondents also chose “all lives matter,” including 81 percent of white and 76 percent of minority respondents, according to the poll.
Now that is genuinely good news, and after the last couple Ethics Alarms posts, I bet you needed some.
Quick, you pandering, pusillanimous, finger-in-the-air, weak-kneed, race-baiting politicians like Martin O’Malley—better retract those apologies for not flagging down the racist #BlackLivesMatter train to board fast enough…at least until the next poll, then you can flip again.
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So when do the “All Lives Matter” people start disrupting speeches at “Black Lives Matter” rallies?
Great idea. You organize, and I’ll be there.
Are you TRYING to willfully misunderstand this movement? To me it is SUCH an obvious misreading.
When you make the same mistake as Huckabee, it ought to be a wake-up call.
Nobody is seriously proposing the existential statement that black lives do, or ought to, matter MORE than other people’s lives.
What the BLM movement IS proposing is that black lives SHOULD matter just as much as other people’s lives, AND that we live in a world where they manifestly, existentially DON’T.
It’s an argument for equality in an unequal world. Nothing more, nothing less, and nothing new about it either– it’s exactly the point that civil rights advocates have been making since the days of MLK.
I do not see how you and Huckabee can in good conscience spin “Black lives matter” into “Black lives matter more.” That is NOT the slogan or the group’s name.
It is grammatically, logically and politically a way of changing the subject from “this minority group deserves equal treatment” to “everyone deserves equal treatment.” Yes, of course they do–and what pray tell does that remotely have to do with any ill-treated group which was the intended subject in the original formulation?
It strikes me as arguing in bad faith.
I’ve explained what was matter with the movement. It’s racist, the 21st version of “Black Power.” It implies that black lives don’t matter as much as white lives to whites and police in the US, and that position is based in part on the acquittals of George Zimmerman and the non-indictments of the officers in the Garner case (which I disagree with) and Officer Wilson (who should not have been indicted), as well as the emerging false issue of “mass incarceration.”
I also wrote a post in the Smith case where I stated that I could understand why demonstrators would take “all lives matter” as a rebuke. That was before I had to listen to and read the BLM cant and rhetoric.
What followed was one of EA’s best debates, 100 comments. You weren’t involved for some reason, but my friend urbanregor made a spirited and perceptive defense of BLM. If you haven’t, you should read those threads. I remember thinking it was in your wheelhouse, and worrying that you had been hit by a bus or snagged by a Roc.
Don’t know how I missed it. I’ll read up and be back in a day or so
And you ignoring pertinent facts because they go against your narrative hits me as arguing in bad faith. We had this conversation a while back: You don’t get to pretend that a group is all about black equality when it consistently and constantly exhibits racial behavior designed to disenfranchise anyone that isn’t black, even if only on the micro level. Their bad behavior ranges from tit-for-tat to black supremacy, and your willful blindness will not change that.
This is EXACTLY the same problem as feminism has, and you’d figure a hundred years later they might have figured it out: True equality cannot come out of a movement named and designed as a special interest group.
I’m hoping the BLM movement (not Bureau of Land Management) has the staying power of the vaunted but now seemingly moribund Occupy Movement. And whatever came of the Rachel Dolzel problem Shaun King was apparently having? The question seemed fairly germane to perhaps the two thirds of black people who aren’t all that wild about Black Lives Matter.