BLACKS LIVE MATTER? TO WHO? ABOUT WHAT?

Here are the first few, and last few, paragraphs of an excellent piece by Daniel Greenfield, writing for frontpagemagcom (I have to think it is excellent, because it parallels what I have been blogging about for months) which talks honestly – and tragically – about the “Black Lives Matter” protesters/rioters/looters/racists:

Baltimore has the fifth highest big city murder rate in the country. The four cities ahead of it are Detroit, New Orleans, Newark and St. Louis. All these cities have something in common. Not racism, but race.

 

The killers and the dead are black.

 

The murder rate in Baltimore stood at 37.4 to 100,000 people. There have already been 63 murders this year. Fifty-six of the victims were black. Of the 16 murders in the last 30 days, 14 of the victims were black.

 

If black lives really mattered, then black violence would matter. But that would mean taking responsibility for a broken culture which few leaders in the black community are ready to do.

 

Instead the death of Freddie Gray in police custody became the excuse for another round of #BlackLivesMatter riots, looting and assaults. Rather than dealing with the violence killing black Baltimore, it became another excuse for more of the same.

 

The advocates for #BlackLivesMatter might want to talk to Vincent “Vito” Smothers, a black Detroit honors student who had killed a dozen black people by his twenties.

 

“When you grow up in the hood, you learn: if you sell drugs, you\’re going to end up one of two things-in jail or dead,” he told an interviewer. “Those are the results of that life.”

 

That\’s what happened to Freddie Gray. It\’s what happened to countless young black men across the country. Instead of fighting crime, the #BlackLivesMatter movement is pushing more violence and fewer cops, more crime and more criminals. And that means more dead young black men lying in the morgue.

 

For black lives to start really mattering, black violence has to matter.

Freddie Gray should be alive today.  Although we still do not know all the facts, what evidence we do have very strongly points to police misconduct being the cause of his death.  And that is tragic and wrong – even for a convicted drug dealer like Gray (let\’s remember in all this that Freddie Gray was not what you\’d call a choirboy, any more than Michael Brown or Eric Garner or Walter Scott, .etc.).

But what is also true – which many people do not know because most of our media somehow keep neglecting to mention it – is that every day in this country, on average, more than 17 Black people are murdered.  And almost all of them are murdered by other Blacks, with the majority being young Black males killing other young Black males.

How many protests have the “Black Lives Matter” people mounted about that?

It has been 261 days since Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri.  At 17 per day, that is 4,437 people who are just as Black as Michael Brown, just as Black as Freddie Gray…and just as dead.  How many of them have the “Black Lives Matter” people protested?  How many of them do you think they could even name, let alone give a damn about?

The unarguable conclusion, it seems to me, is that if there is no racial and/or anti-police statement to be made about a Black death, that death does not mean a thing to these people.  Black lives which can be exploited for their political/racial purposes are the only Black lives they care about.  That, and – for some – the opportunity to break things, burn things, and loot whatever is not nailed down.

Most sadly of all, who does this hurt?  Which communities are most damaged by the actions of these people?  You can fix or replace things that are broken.   You can rebuild commercial properties. You can  restock store shelves.  But how do you repair attitudes about races of people?

Maybe – maybe – if enough prominent Black people spoke out about what is really taking Black lives, the racial damage could be significantly lessened and people would redirect their anger and their energy towards what will result in the most saving of lives.  Maybe – maybe – if we heard from Black members of congress, well known clergy, and other such figures explaining that, however wrong police misconduct is, it is a tiny fraction of what causes Black deaths in this country, it could turn a few corners.

But where are they? 

They\’re right in dead center of the “Black Lives Matter” bandwagon, that\’s where. 

Based on their lack of any serious attention to Black on Black murder, this sorry bunch does not care about the vast majority of dead Black people any more than the “Black Lives Matter” protesters do.

What\’s the answer?  Until the reality of Black on Black murder is honestly faced, there isn\’t one.

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