Monday, May 04, 2015

#blacklivesmatter in Baltimore

I hope this is my last post about Baltimore for a while...
The fundamental error here is in assuming that #blacklivesmatter is some kind of code for "get whitey." It isn't.

When Baltimore protesters chant that #blacklivesmatter they aren't forgetting that Baltimore has a black police chief, and a black mayor, and diverse police force. They are protesting yet another extrajudicial killing of a black man, irrespective of who the culprit was. #blacklivesmatter isn't about white on black violence. Its about cop on black violence.

When people like Menken willfully ignore that, and instead set up some red herring definition of the slogan that they can easily undermine, they are either trolling or expressing tacit support for police brutality against black people.

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