In response to this recent post by my Facebook friend, Allen W Anderson, “The media says an attack on police is an attack on all of us, well excuse me but an attack by police on any innocent American is an attack on all of us unless you’re a racist. Many don’t understand just how instrumental black lives matter is to tearing down the current police state of corporate tyranny and christian dictatorship. When we tear down tyranny for them we tear down tyranny for everyone” ~ AWA
(picture is a guy named Steve , who just happened to be out on Rte 9W , Kingston NY, about two weeks ago, with a sign that said, BLACK LIVES MATTER… I went over to talk, and he held up both of this signs, and I took that picture…kind of says it all).
I then, was prompted to say the following:
Black lives don’t matter more than other lives,, that’s just a misuse of this by those who honestly just don’t know better , OR by honest racists, who don’t know any better, or DO,,, but to be clear…..its because of our own history, as a predominantly ‘white’ western nation, which we know we all identify with,, (we have ‘demonized’ every ‘new’ group coming into this country, fuck ‘e pluribus unum’), we are unaware of our own history (who’s responsible for that?), and/or we as general ‘generic’ white population ignore minorities’ situations down through our more than 250 years history, and have to be made aware of them but in particular,, we have a UNIQUE situation, which we still have not reckoned with, our, SLAVERY PAST, SLAVE – HOLDING PAST, how that has affected we, the descendants of (north of south, south just held onto it longer), how it affects whites /anglos is you wish….I am reading currently an excellent book which explains a lot of our history on this – based on usually ignored facts from actual history, something most current people in power, news organizations, the populace, in general, have ‘no clue’ about…..the book, A DISEASE IN THE PUBLIC MIND, a new understanding of why we fought the civil war.. by Thomas Fleming, inspired me, enlightened me, and more. What I am trying to say, is we need a general ‘Truth and Reconciliation’ as did the South Africans, after apartheid. Currently we still live in a society with a hidden , ‘apartheid’. Minorities already know this…as South Africa, once had ‘rules’ that blacks and others, or non white skin, can tell you, if we LISTEN, and even elected officials of minority status can tell you… Mistrust, violence against, young black /brown men especially, and this has intensified in its ferocity since the last election cycle and actually long before, but also intensified since we elected our first African American president. We need a national RECONCILIATION and understanding. Its well overdue time or this, we cannot move forward without it….This is my hope and plea. This is my statement of why BLACK LIVES MATTER… DO matter, not any more than another’s matter, in general, but as of historic place of blacks in our ‘peculiar’ history, we need to KNOW this…e.g.’hey, there’s someone else here that matters as much as i do’…..they just want to walk down the street without special warnings and rules that are applied to them that aren’t applied in general to the rest of us… Peace, brothers and sisters… this is my hope and my plea. for understanding…