I love it when people like “Mad Dog” Mattis claim that President Trump is divisive, and then Democratic elected officials pull stunts like this, which is explicitly and intentionally divisive. District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser today had “Black Lives Matter” painted in huge letters on the street that leads to the White House. Yes, it’s government by graffiti!
Gee, good one, Mayor. Next, I recommend standing out in front of the White House and farting in its general direction.
The mayor’s move is a slur, just as “Black Lives Matter” itself is an organized racist insult to non-black Americans. In 2015 (I have not been able to find a more recent statistic), 500 white citizens were killed by African Americans, yet I would not presume that blacks needed to be told that “white lives matter.” The group’s subtext has always been that somehow white America doesn’t believe that black lives matter. That’s a lie, easily rebutted, and a racist one.
Nothing President Trump has done or said has ever suggested that he does not believe that “black lives matter.” Meanwhile, in extolling a group that aims at racial division and hostility, Bowser is endorsing the false narratives that BLM continues to advance. Meanwhile, what are the substantive measures this vocal but nearly substance-free activist group is calling for? What is its answer to the 13th Question: “What is the “systemic reform regarding race in America” that the George Floyd protests purport to be seeking?”
Let’s see, I’m on the BLM site now: Oh! Defunding police departments! That will work out well for African American communities—talk about a proposal that suggests that black lives don’t matter. Aaaand…
“We call for an end to the systemic racism that allows this culture of corruption to go unchecked and our lives to be taken.”
Psst…this doesn’t answer the 13th Question. Saying “we want an answer to the question” isn’t answering the question. Then, in addition to the bonkers call to defund police departments, we have,
We demand investment in our communities and the resources to ensure Black people not only survive, but thrive.
Yeah, people are going to rush out to invest in neighborhoods without a police presence where roving bands of vandals and looters wreck local businesses every time something angers them.
Good plan, BLM!
Mayor Bowser’s petty, counter-productive stunt–how does the President keep goading his foes into making asses of themselves?—reminded me of a similar—but funnier!—episode from 1969. The Cambridge Mass. City Council was always feuding with Harvard over various things, and one councilman in particular, Alfred E. Vellucci, made his name by frequently criticizing the university in all matters great and small. At one point, he got the council to vote to change the name of Harvard Square to “Piazzo Leprechano.” The city even took down the Harvard Square sign and put up a “Piazzo Leprechauno” marker. (I bet you can guess how long THAT sign lasted, as well as its several replacements.)
Boston never changed the name of the subway stop; none of the businesses paid any attention, and eventually the whole silly spat–along with the stupid name— was mostly forgotten. Velucci, meanwhile, is remembered as a jerk.
There is a Harvard Crimson article about this episode: much thanks to Neil Dorr for finding it, and also correcting my faulty memory of the name change and the date.