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?’