“White Lives Matter” Is Racist, Black Lives Matter Is Benign” You Say? Prove It.

I know this is “It’s okay to be white” all over again, but its still amazing that anyone can argue that “Black Lives Matter” is a benign motto, but that clever line, “All Lives Matter” or now, “White Lives Matter” is a racist expression and look at themselves in the mirror afterwards and not blush.

Someone painted “White Lives Matter” on Kent State University’s “front-campus rock,” where students traditionally paint graffiti. It was immediately condemned as a “direct threat” to black students. Kent State President Todd Diacon issued a statement claiming  the incident (together with some recent police-involved deaths of blacks, most of which have not been credibly attributed to racism)  “serve as glaring evidence that this university and our country need to do better when addressing racism and violence against Black Americans.” He also said the university would establish an Anti-Racism Task Force which will “explore all facets of racism at Kent State.”

This is a university, and its administrators and teachers are allegedly interested in ideas. The painting of the ironic slogan is ideal opportunity to either successfully construct an intellectual defense of the bizarre proposition that one is not denigrating whites to say “Black Lives Matter,” but saying “White Lives Matter” denigrates blacks. It’s an educational opportunity, and a challenge: personally, I don’t think the university, or any university, and certainly not Black Lives Matter, is up to it. In fact, we know, because we have seen, that Black Lives Matter the group (which has appropriated the BLM slogan)  is a direct threat to whites and blacks, and is racist in origin and application. “White Lives Matter” is a legitimate rhetorical devise designed to confront BLM advocates with their own hypocrisy. The current responses of “How dare you!” and “When we do it it’s justified, when you do it, it’s racist!” are pure Calvinball.

Black United Students president Tayjua Hines epitomized the latter approach, announcing  that said painting the rock “with discriminatory words “was only a surface-level act in comparison to the daily adversities students of color face on campus. She said she would not respond to those who painted the roc: “I will not try to waste my energy trying to speak to someone who clearly doesn’t care about my life, and clearly doesn’t care about what I have to say,.”

Come on! Where are the enterprising journalists or professors who demand that she defend that statement. “I’m not going to give that the dignity of a response” is a classic dodge. They don’t ask her the question because she can’t defend this screaming double standard. No one can.

Especially Joe Biden. I want to see this question in the debates: “Mr. Biden, you say you support Black Lives Matter. Can you explain why saying or writing “Black Lives Matter” is inoffensive, but saying or writing “What Lives Matter” and “All Lives Matter” is racist? A lot of Americans are confused. Why isn’t that a race-based double standard?’

15 thoughts on ““White Lives Matter” Is Racist, Black Lives Matter Is Benign” You Say? Prove It.

  1. “I will not try to waste my energy trying to speak to someone who clearly doesn’t care about my life, and clearly doesn’t care about what I have to say.”

    This, in a nutshell is the problem with campus activists pushing this BLM stuff. Here’s a response for you to consider, Sweetie:

    “You’re here on this college campus to obtain a college degree, spending four wonderful years studying all sorts of neat stuff. That is your life right now. Enjoy it. It’s the most wonderful four years you’ll have. It sure beats working for a living all to hell. There are people on campus who know all sorts of things about all sorts of subjects and they want to share that knowledge with you. And by the way, you’re right. People on campus don’t care about what you have to say. You’re on campus to learn by listening to other people who are expert in various fields. You’re a student, not a professor. You can say whatever you want about the subjects you’re studying, but you are not a teacher, you’re a student. If you want to dictate what is taught, start your own school. You have a chance to change your life and elevate your intellectual and emotional capacities in ways that will benefit you for the rest of your life. Have some humility.”

  2. Doesn’t the fact that there is a Black United Students organizaton speak volumes about hypocrisy and double standards on issues of race?

  3. The way I’ve heard it explained is that of course all lives matter, but you wouldn’t expect the fire department to hose down all the houses on a street if only one house was on fire. Right now black lives are the house on fire. If you say any other lives matter you are disagreeing with that statement and saying that black lives are not in extra and special danger at this time. No one is allowed to disagree with that statement without being called out as a racist, because only a racist would disagree with it. However, if you’ll sign a pledge of anti-racism maybe they’ll forgive you.

    • Right. We’re having a reckoning with the problems of race in this country. To which I say, “What problems? After sixty years and trillions of dollars spent on the War on Poverty, and affirmative action and expanded welfare and health benefits and tons of public housing, what problem? In other words, what the hell is the problem? Can you articulate that for me first?

    • I don’t suppose you could point out that a household where some of the residents run a meth lab and play with matches is a special danger to themselves and the rest of the neighborhood, and shouldn’t feel entitled to the exclusive services of the fire department?

  4. Well, this was all set in motion when the Supreme Court ruled that it was OK to treat people differently by race, as long as you treated whites and disfavored minorities worse ( Regents of the University of California v. Bakke) in 1978. Things quickly went down the slippery slope until in 2014 the Supreme Court came to a monumental ruling that it. surprisingly, was Constitutional to treat everyone equally, regardless of race. Let me repeat that, in 2014 it was assumed you were required to discriminate by race until the Supreme Court ruled otherwise. Another way of looking at it is that the media and education establishments have indoctrinated us into thinking that such double-standards are just fine, necessary in fact, and they aren’t double standards at all. Anyone who disagrees with it is a racist. Almost everyone in this country has been subjected to this type of indoctrination by the media and the schools.

    • Bakke was a fractured decision with no majority, and acknowledged that this was a temporary position, an example of the Ethics Incompleteness Principle. It was 42 years ago, much longer than the Brown decision had been in the books when Bakke was handed down. Why would any group easily and peacefully give up a benefit?

  5. Ah, my alma mater makes me proud again. I graduated from that venerable institution in 1985. Yes, I did. It is good to see that the same mindset governs the school as it did when I attended it. What did the French say? “Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.”*
    jvb

    PS: Any reference to “Calvin & Hobbes” makes my heart sing a song of joy.

    *Ed. Note: Loosely translated to “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” As we all know, Rush, in their pivotal song, “Circumstances”, uses this statement to show that nothing really changes only one’s perspective on the world.

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