I remember this date, all right. I was scheduled to do a three hour CLE legal ethics seminar in Rhode Island on the 13th, and all the flights were cancelled. The bar association assumed I would cancel too, but I’m a “The show must go on” guy, and I said, “I’ll be there if I have to drive all night.” And I drove all night.
1. This date also had significance in the history of misguided utilitarian solutions to the problem of racial disparities. In his June 1974 ruling in Morgan v. Hennigan, U.S. District Judge Arthur Garrity held that Boston’s geographically segregated public schools created de facto school segregation that discriminated against black children. He ordered the busing of African American students to predominantly white schools and, punishing innocents for “the greater good,” white students to black schools. Forced busing began on September 12, and was met with massive protests, particularly in South Boston, the city’s main Irish-Catholic neighborhood. Protests continued unabated for months, and many parents, white and black, kept their children at home. In October, the National Guard was mobilized to enforce the federal desegregation order.
The rest of the story: Boston’s draconian and unfair busing plan lasted for fourteen years, and (those who fail to learn from the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat them) didn’t work. Racial divisions were exacerbated, parents pulled their children out of public schools, and many families moved to the suburbs.
2. I used to periodically throw Philip Gallanes a link for his “Social Q’s” advice column until he turned it into just another New York Times propaganda weapon. Now I will just highlight his work when he makes an ass of himself, like when “Kim” wrote about how proud she was to place the “Black Lives Matter” sign her son made (after “the horrible police shooting of Jacob Blake”) on their front yard, and how offended she was when a neighbor countered with a “Blue Lives Matter” sign.
“It hurts our hearts when we see it. Were we wrong to put up our son’s lawn sign? Can we talk to the neighbors about theirs?’ she asked, plaintively.
I guarantee that Kim has no idea whether the shooting of Jacob Blake was “horrible” or justified, and the only way a sign referring to race is relevant to the episode is if one really believes that a white perp being apprehended on a rape warrant after violating a court order, to harass the alleged victim again, and who resisted arrest, flashed a knife, said he had a gun and reached into his car would not have been shot. The neighbor’s sign, though I do not believe in “hurray for our side” signs generally, was a reasonable rebuke of an offensive and ignorant gesture. But this is what Gallanes wrote in part, flaying truth and logic repeatedly,
The pity of Blue Lives Matter, as I’ve seen the slogan deployed, is that it springs from a zealous denial that Black lives matter.
Bull shit, to be appropriately blunt. The theory behind the fake sanctification of Mike Brown, Floyd and Blake is that police do not have the right to defend themselves when people try to hurt them, or appear to be ready to do so. Police do not deserve to be vilified, and the Black Lives Matter movement seeks to vilify them.
Even the parroting name makes it seem like a childish, schoolyard taunt.
No bias there! The use of the same rhetorical structure points up the deceit in the BLM slogan, and is an effective way to do so.
But aren’t our hearts and minds big enough to acknowledge that many Black people suffer terrible injustice in this country because of their race…
Acknowledging that does not require, or justify, embracing the Black Lives Matter organization, which is explicitly anti-white, anti-police, and Marxist. Who made the rule that citizens have to pay fealty to the organization’s simpleminded and insulting cant in order to acknowledge the legitimacy of reforms? Oh! Right! The group that stands to gain power made that rule!
…often at the hands of police,
And often, indeed most of the time, not unjustly, and usually because of the conduct of the black individuals involved, as in the cases of BLM martyrs like Brown and Blake.
and, simultaneously, that law enforcement plays an important role in society? It’s not an either/or proposition.
It is when the group Kim son is extolling holds protests featuring signs saying “Fuck the Police” and advocates de-funding police departments.
Your son did well by channeling his distress at police violence into a productive project. And you were right to support him.
Since when is making public declamations about matters you don’t comprehend and do not have sufficient information to opine about “doing well”? How is a lawn sign, especially one endorsing a racist organization, “productive”? The parents were irresponsible to support him.