Ways people try to shut down #blacklivesmatter and how I would like to respond
Except that arguing in the comments section does absolutely no good to anyone.
- •"We all bleed the same color."Sure, but some of us are more likely to bleed because we have been shot by a police officer. Welcome to the conversation.
- •"All lives matter."Yes, and black lives matter, too. This is not a difficult concept.
- •"Blue lives matter."Of course they do. But so does due process. Police officers don't get to act as judge, jury and executioner (see: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/07/07/opinion/alton-sterling-and-when-black-lives-stop-mattering.html). They are not exempt from justice when they break the law. We need them to be better precisely because they matter.
- •"These acts aren't racially motivated."Ok, fine. Let's pretend they're not for a minute. Even if that's the case, are you really ok with literally anyone being murdered in cold blood by the people sworn to protect them?